Understanding stuttering

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There are a lot of times when we encounter people with speech impediments. Some are brought about by stress, some are brought about by after surgery wounds and some are from birth. These impediments vary from lisps, stuttering, stammering and hairlips. Some are easily curable but some may just as be psychological in symptoms and causes. Understanding it needs a lot of open mindedness and patience.

What is stuttering?

One of the major speech impediments that haunts people—both young and old—nowadays is stuttering. Stuttering refers to an impediment in speech. This is accompanied by symptoms like repeating or prolonged syllabication of a word, repetition of a single syllable or repetition of whole phrases or stopping anytime during the utterance of a sentence and sometimes it also involves not producing the sound for a certain syllable, word or sentence.

There are a lot of factors involved in the worsening or alleviation of a persons stuttering. Most of the time environmental factors, human intervention, drugs and other things and situations around a person's living space or environment, of these factors affect stuttering adversely. In most cases it causes stuttering to occur more often and in extended periods.

Factors like stress, fatigue, over excitement and nervousness can effectively make stuttering in a person worse. Other than these situations in which you are put on the spot, situations where you are asked to publicly speak in front of an audience. Or it could be worsen by asking to explain on the spot or generally speaking about things that you have little knowledge of. Generally, stuttering becomes a defense mechanism in people that are put in an embarrassing situation or situation that would make them feel rejection. And essentially when people are in a state of relaxation they become less prone to any stuttering.

People of all ages can fall victim to stuttering. In adults the effects of stuttering are rooted early in their lives, but as adults stuttering completely affect their social skills and their adult lives in general. People—adults—with stutters are often times put to the sidelines because when the need to speak up arises they are burdened by their stuttering. Aside from the fact that it is difficult for them to have a normal relationship with other people, this is because communication is hindered by the person's stutter.

Stuttering develops early on in a person's life. It is especially common with developing children, usually at the time when they are learning how to speak; this is usually at the age of 2 up to 5 years old. While most of the to time majority of children outgrow the problem of stuttering on their own, yet there are those who bring with them stuttering in their late toddler years. For the children who were not able to outgrow the problem of stuttering there are specialized doctors and facilities that offer speech therapy. These therapies help children with stuttering problems live a normal life that is free from stuttering.

There are studies that show that the living conditions at home play a big role in the development and the discontinuing of stuttering in children and in adults. Since the root cause of stuttering in all ages is stress and anxiety, it is highly recommended for parents and family members to have an open mind about children that stutter.

Understanding where they are coming from and building confidence in the child guarantees for them that they will win the fight against stuttering.

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