What Is Stuttering?

Stuttering is a type of speech disorder characterized by repeating or prolonging a word or syllable when speaking. Also called stammering, it can also be about making sudden involuntary stopping during speeches or making no sounds for certain word or letter combinations.

Causes of shuttering

The underlying cause of stuttering remains unknown even to researchers. Some believe that it might be caused by certain brain malfunction. A brain injury or a stroke can sometimes cause stuttering in some people.

Considering that stuttering also runs in families give researchers some hints that the disorder might also be genetic in nature. Other possible causes include improper language development especially in children trying to learn to develop their speech and language abilities.

Symptoms of shuttering

One of the most noticeable symptoms of stuttering is the frequent repetition of a sound, word or syllable when a person is speaking. Others may have difficulties starting saying a word, phrase or sentence.

This difficulty can also be accompanied by symptoms such as rapid eye blinking, face tension or tightness as well as noticeable tremors of the lips or jaw.

How  shuttering is diagnosed?

For doctors to determine stuttering, evaluation of a person’s health and family history might be required. Evaluation by a speech or language therapist might also be needed for an effective assessment of one’s speech and language abilities.

How to treat shuttering?

Stuttering is usually a condition that affects children. It is a condition that children can usually outgrow. But in some cases, stuttering can last in children beyond five years old and at times affect people after suffering from a brain injury or a stroke.

In this case speech therapy may help reduce some of the more noticeable signs of stuttering. But generally, there is no known cure or drug to get rid of stuttering altogether.