Stuttering, also called childhood-onset fluency disorder is a speech disorder that involves problems with normal fluency and speech flow. Although people who stutter know what they want to say, they have difficulty saying them. They may repeat or prolong a word, when they are speaking.

Stuttering is considered normal for young children because their speech and language abilities are not developed enough.

Stuttering signs may include:

·         Difficulty starting a word, phrase or sentence

·         Prolonging a word or sounds within a word

·         Repetition of a sound, syllable or word

·         Brief silence for certain syllables or words, or pauses within a word

When people who stutter are excited tired or stressed, stuttering may increase. Situations such as speaking in front of a group or talking on the phone can be particularly difficult for them.

Stuttering is more common in men. Developmental delays, having relatives who stutter and stress are the factors that increase the risk of stuttering.

Cognitive behavioral therapy and speech therapy have been suggested for stuttering.



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