Information About Stuttering
- Stuttering almost always begins in childhood between the ages of 2 and 5 after the child has been talking.
- A high percentage of children who begin to stutter also stop within several years or less.
- Stuttering almost always begins with simple repetitions and prolongations and, if it continues, becomes more severe over time. Stuttering can be considered a progressive disorder.
- Stutterers have greatly reduced stuttering when talking aloud when they are alone.
- Most stutterers can speak in unison without stuttering even with another stutterer.
- Stutterers can usually sing without stuttering.
- Most stutterers can talk to animals or non-living objects without or with reduced stuttering.
- Stuttering runs in cycles. It varies in severity from hour to hour, day to day and week to week. It also varies greatly from one speaking situation to another.
- Approximately 75 to 80% of all stutterers are males.
- There are likely over three-million stutterers in the United States. Many are undocumented as they have never “come out of the closet.”
- Stuttering is highly inconsistent. The stutterer is never certain if he will stutter on a specific word or in a specific situation.
- Stuttering is generally reduced under very loud noise.
- Many stutterers may stutter less when role playing.
- Most stutterers have more difficulty in beginning an utterance.
- At the present time, there is no known cure for stuttering.
- Perhaps all stutterers have some covert aspects to their stuttering. The covert aspects frequently comprise a major portion of the stutterer’s problem.
- There appears to be no single cause for stuttering. There is some evidence that neurological/organic factors are involved including some defects within several genes.