Stammering or stuttering as it is also known as, is a speech disorder. When a person stammers, the person’s speech does not have a smooth flow to it and it may be forced with lots of stopping and pauses to it. There may also be repetition of syllables and sounds.
Stammering can be mild to severe and may cause anxiety around public speaking but general confidence is not affected. Stammering typically starts in childhood and is known as developmental stammering, but may also develop in adulthood from the following issues:
When stammering starts in the pre-school years an early assessment and treatment of the disorder with the help of a speech and language therapist improves the success rate of treating this disorder significantly.
It is also worth noting that the majority of children who have developmental stammering, which is stammering that starts in childhood will grow out of this disorder as they become an older child or adult. A commonly quoted statistic for the number of adults who stammer is 1 in 100, with more men affected then women.
There are a number of different approaches for treating stammering and these include:
It is a relief to hear that your consultant has not found any neurological causes for your stammering as an older adult with the brain scan that you mentioned; and that you have not experienced any direct trauma to your brain through a head injury or stroke.
You have said that this is beginning to affect your personal and professional life and therefore it would be worth confirming with your consultant or General Practitioner that they feel there is a psychological or emotional cause to your stammering.
Your consultant or general practitioner would need to confirm that it would be beneficial to receive speech and language therapy from a therapist.
Answered by the Health at Hand nurses
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