Stuttering Throughout the Lifespan

What is Stuttering?

Stuttering has been defined as a fluency and communication disorder characterized by dysfluencies and interruptions that prevent smooth and easy flow of speech. This multifaceted condition has been the subject of much research and intrigue, but it cannot be fully understood or explained. There is no cure and no guarantee that treatment will yield improvement. Stuttering affects people of all ages in virtually all aspects of their lives.

What We Want to Know

We are interested in exploring the effects of stuttering throughout the lifespan. We will examine how language,communication, and other aspects of life are impacted by the presence of this disorder,as well as the numerous approaches to treatment and adjustment.

  • How is stuttering defined?
  • What characteristics are common among those who stutter?
  • What are the effects of stuttering?
  • How does stuttering in children compare to stuttering in adults?
  • What treatment approaches are available and how effective are they?

Overview of Stuttering

These sections will provide some of the general background information that is necessary in understanding the stuttering communication disorder. There is more in depth information about the struggles in defining stuttering, the different types of dysfluencies that may occur in a stutterer, some diagnostic indicators, and some fun facts!

Stuttering in Children

In this section, details about children who stutter can be found. Information includes average age of onset, theories of progression, impacts on the child's life, and principles of treating a stuttering child.

Stuttering in Adults

The following sections contain information about stuttering in adults. Information includes factors that distinguish adults from children who stutter, common characteristics, lifelong effects, as well as the process and results of treatment.

Real Life Examples

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