Stuttering affects the normal flow of speech. A person who stutters may repeat words, syllables, or sounds, prolong sounds, or pause during conversation. Stuttering is a speech disorder that may affect a person of any age. It most commonly occurs in children between 2 to 6 years. A person who stutters knows exactly what they want to say, they do have trouble saying it.
Signs and Symptoms
- difficulty initiating and saying a word, phrase or sentence
- prolongations of sounds or words
- repetition of sounds, syllables or words
- pauses within or between words
- visible tension, tightness of the face when saying a word
- nervousness or unwillingness to talk
- rapid eye blinks, facial tics or clenching fists
How Can We Help?
Stuttering can lead to difficulty communicating, anxiety when speaking with others, low self-esteem, or decreased participation in school or work. We are here to help, our speech and language therapists can provide support with attaining more control over the speech, developing coping and management strategies to increase overall flow of communication, and increase social engagement and self-advocacy.