Stuttering Can Be Stopped
Defining and Diagnosing Stuttering
- Repetition of sounds, words, or phrases
- Pauses between works with lack of sound
- Speech that sounds like "blurting"
- Speech may be better or worse depending if speaker is in private or in public
- Rate of speech
- Language skills
- Patient reaction to disfluency (like teasing)
Risk Factor for Stuttering
- Genetics— immediate or extended family member who stutter.
- Temperament—activity level, ability to adjust to different situations, intensity of reaction to disappointment and failure
- Sensory—evidence shows that how we hear things may be affect our speech patterns
- Motor skills—mistiming or problems with balance or posture
- Fluency shaping to improve fluency of speech.
- Stuttering modification to improve communication skills, like eye contact and phrasing.
- Reduce fears and avoidance by decreasing stressful moments.
National Stuttering Association http://www.nsastutter.org/
Stuttering Foundation of America http://www.stuttersfa.org/
Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists http://www.caslpa.ca/
Canadian Stuttering Association http://www.stutter.ca/
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- Reviewer: Brian P. Randall, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/19/2012 -