What is stuttering? What causes stuttering?
- Stuttering is a speech fluency disorder.
- Symptoms include repetition, prolongation or interruption of sounds.
- Just over 1% of the world’s population suffers from stuttering, which includes a 5% rate incidence in children.
- Stuttering occurs equally in every language, culture and age group across the world
What are the effects of stuttering?
- Stuttering is caused by a combination of neurological and genetic factors. However, the exact cause of speech disfluency remains unknown.
- Stuttering is NOT a learning disability and NOT an emotional disorder. Stutterers are regular folks across the board, and only differ in in one way from fluent speakers.
Can stuttering be cured?
- Roughly 50% of stutterers suffer from social anxiety, brought on by teasing at school and social discrimination later in life.
- Stutterer anxiety exacerbates the physical symptoms and inhibits those in treatment from practicing in real-life situations.
- The majority of stutterers experience severe professional discrimination, with many self-selecting themselves out of dynamic careers that require socializing.
When should treatment begin?
- The term „cure“ only applies to children who can succeed in eliminating their stutter before adolescence.
- Is it important to understand there is no cure for teen and adult stuttering. SpeechAgain’s role is to help stutterers achieve the highest level of speech control possible, what we call “stutter-free.”
- At the “stutter-free” level, many users can speak in the normal range of fluency and appear stutter-free in conversation.
- Stuttering can be treated at any age after the onset of the disorder.
- Patients experience greater treatment success when they begin therapy at a younger age, before their attitude towards social interaction becomes negative.
- SpeechAgain is recommended for stutterers ages 10 and up.