Children with STUTTERING DISORDERS demonstrate difficulties
with speech fluency.
The following questions and answers were taken from the Stuttering Foundation
of America's website:
What is stuttering?
Stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is
broken by repetitions (li-li-like this), prolongations (lllllike this), or
abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables. There may also be
unusual facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak.
What causes stuttering?
There are four factors most likely to contribute to the development of
stuttering: genetics ( approximately 60% of those who stutter have a family
member who does also); child development (children with other speech and
language problems or developmental delays are more likely to stutter);
neurophysiology ( recent research has shown that people who stutter process
speech and language in different areas of the brain than those who do not
stutter); and family dynamics ( high expectations and fast-paced lifestyles
can contribute to stuttering).
Stuttering may occur when a combination of factors comes together and may
have different causes in different people. It is probable that what causes
stuttering differs from what makes it continue or get worse.
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