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Stuttering Stammering

Stuttering:  Stuttering, also called stammering, is a speech disorder that involves repeating or prolonging a word, syllable or phrase or stopping during speech and making no sound for certain syllables. People who stutter know what they want to say but have difficulty saying it. Stuttering is common among young children as a normal part of learning to speak.

Sometimes stuttering is a chronic condition that persists into adulthood. This type of stuttering can have an impact on self-esteem and interactions with other people.

The exact cause of developmental stammering, the most common type of stammering, is still unclear, although it is largely thought to be the result of the parts of the brain involved in speech being 'wired' differently.
Genes are also thought to play a role in many cases of stammering, as around two in every three people who stammer have a family history of the condition. This suggests that the genes a child inherits from their parents might make them more likely to develop a stammer.

A good person to contact first may be your doctor, who can discuss your concerns with you and refer you to a speech and language therapist (SLT) for an assessment if necessary.


Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

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