Stuttering is often tagged as a speech disorder. Some often term it as diffluent speech or stammering. NIDCD says this disorder affects around 5 to 10% of children. All of them are found mostly between 2 to 6 years of age. People are often seen to come out of this trouble in adulthood. But there are several cases observed where people fail to recover and continue to stammer as adults.
There are whole ranges of situations that can lead to stuttering. While some of them are pretty basic, some could be a bit severe. They are:
Other than that, brain injuries due to a stroke can also develop neurogenic stuttering. On the other hand, emotional trauma can lead to psychogenic stuttering. Sometimes, it is found that if the parents stutter, the child tends to adopt the same disorder.
The knowledge of the following risk factors can help people prevent injuries:
Signs and Symptoms
To be precise, stuttering is classified by recurrent syllables, sounds, words, and disruptions. For instance, an individual might repeat the same consonant like “T,” “K,” or “G.”
The stress resulting from stuttering might show up in the below-mentioned symptoms:
Doctors or health professionals (speech-language pathologists) trained to evaluate or
treat patients make a diagnosis for stutter. The experts may use different or similar methods to diagnose stuttering:
Treatment Options at 7DMC
We in 7DMC believe in solving issues from their root. Hence, our speech-language pathologist begins with diagnosing stuttering. There is no such requirement for invasive testing. A proper description is enough for our expert to make an idea.
Generally, not every child requires treatment for stuttering. While it gets resolute with time, some might need the following treatments we perform:
Treatment might not entirely eliminate stuttering. But we in 7DMC aim to teach skills to improve speech fluency, develop effective communication, and build self-confidence through our various therapies like occupational therapy, etc.
Stutter and stammer are different terms used for fluency disorder or speech disorder. Based on the usage, here are a few differences between both the terms:
More predominantly used in America, Australia, and Canada
More often used in the UK
It appears in the DSM5
It is not used in DSM5
Originated from the German word “stutzen,” meaning “to hesitate.”
Originated from the Old English word “stamerian,” meaning “stumble.”
Most international and national organizations name use the term.
Only a few international organizations use the term.
A marginal number of children and adults who stutter are known to have faced or faced psychological or emotional problems. However, there is no direct link between stuttering and emotional trauma.
There are generally three different forms of stuttering. Each of them has its significant root cause. They are: