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About Stuttering

Stuttering is Like an Iceberg...

It is hiding a range of social difficulties, unseen from the surface, which result in:

  • Fear of communicating with other people

  • Fear of speaking in public

  • Shame

  • Social anxiety

  • Social isolation

Stuttering is a Fluency Disorder
  • Fluency disorders are expressive speech disorders, which affect the flow, rhythm, and speed of speech.

  • They include two main disorders:

    • Stuttering - interrupted or blocked speech

    • Cluttering - speaking fast, merging or cutting words

  • The causes of stuttering are mostly a mystery

  • There is no cure for stuttering

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Living with Stuttering
  • 12% of the population suffers from some speech disorder

  • 1% of adult population and 5-10% of children stutter

  • A stutter may be triggered by events like talking on the phone

  • Stuttering impacts daily activities, as many stutterers experience it as a failure

  • They struggle not to stutter, therefore stutter even more

Speech Therapy Today
  • Stuttering is one of the hardest disorders to treat

  • Therapy is usually done in a clinic, by certified speech language pathologists (SLPs)

  • There are two main approaches:

    • Stuttering modification - making the stutter softer and less stressing

    • Fluency shaping - eliminating stutter as much as possible, using speech-control techniques

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