3 Truths and A Lie about StutteringNov 29, 2021
Ever heard of that game, Two Truths and a Lie? Let's play it with 3 truths about stuttering and stuttering treatment and a lie, or common misconception. There is so much misinformation out there about stuttering and stammering, including where it comes from, how it will affect your life, and how to best take care of the problem. Believe it or not, there are still things we are exploring in how to best remedy speech disfluency and stuttering, so it is far from a solved case. Here are some things we DO know and one thing we also know is false in the speech disfluency narrative.
1.(truth) Stuttering is a communication disorder. Stuttering is a communication disorder that has nothing to do with intelligence. It is a disfluency in speaking. People who stutter feel like they have lost control of their speech mechanism, which can cause a sensation of loss of control leading to embarrassment, anxiety about speaking, and a fear of stuttering again. As a disorder, it can be remedied by various treatments and therapies, depending on the age and severity of the disfluency.
2. (truth) All Stuttering is the same. Severity of stuttering and how the speech disfluency presented itself are different from person to person. Speech disfluencies usually begin around age 2 -5 and this is when you can treat speech disfluency with speech therapy, or speech disfluencies can develop when a person is older. Our founder presented with speech disfluencies that he attributes partially to a developmental childhood trauma and partially with discomfort speaking in front of audiences. For the reasons that we listed here, we recommend consultations with Michael Williams to see the best course of treating your speech disfluency.
3. (truth) 80% of young children who begin to stutter, stop stuttering, and those who continue to stutter into the school-age years are likely to continue stuttering in some fashion throughout their lives. This is true. It might sound like a stark statistic at first, but stuttering in childhood and the therapies that treat developmental speech disorders are very different from adult stuttering. Pro90d, while beneficial to children, is really for adults suffering from speech disfluency.
4. (lie) There is no cure for stuttering. Stuttering presents in many ways and can be remedied in many ways. The observable disfluencies are not the most important part of the condition, rather the impact on their lives causes the most concern. Speech therapy for stuttering should focus on more than just fluency; it should also account for the ways that stuttering affects the speakers’ life. Pro90d places emphasis on the variable ways that stuttering affects lives by providing treatment, exercises, and a community of stutterers to practice and gain confidence.
If you are considering treatment and wondering how to stop stuttering, we have a number of options at a variety of price points to consider. See how to stop stuttering on your own, how to stop stuttering with a coach, and our free resources on Youtube. All truth, we hope you find help to stop stuttering for good!
Stuttering also varies across situations: sometimes people stutter a lot, and sometimes they stutter a little.
Stuttering varies over time: Sometimes, people will have periods in which the stuttering appears to go away then returns.
It’s estimated about 1% of the world’s population stutters
Stuttering is more common among males than females. The male-to-female ratio is about 4 to 1; in children, it is closer to 2 to 1.