Stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions, prolongations, or abnormal stoppages of sounds and syllables. Here are a few facts about stuttering:

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  • Stuttering usually begins in childhood, between the ages of 2 and 5.
  • As many as 80% of young children who begin to stutter eventually stop stuttering. Those who continue to stutter into the school-age are likely to continue stuttering throughout their lives.
  • Stuttering is a genetically influenced condition. If one person in a family stutters, there is likely another member of the family who stutters.
  • Stuttering varies over time. People may have periods in which their stuttering appears to go away, but it does return.
  • Stuttering varies across situations as well. In some situations, someone may stutter more and other times, they may only stutter a little.
  • Stuttering can begin gradually and develop over time, or it may appear suddenly.
  • About 1% of the world’s population stutters. About 5% of children go through a period of stuttering.
  • Stuttering is more common in males than females. The adult male-to-female ratio is about 4 to 1 while the children’s ratio is about 2 to 1.
  • Stuttering is not a behavior that children pick up from listening to others who stutter. It is associated with differences in the brain.
  • Early recovery from stuttering occurs more often for girls than boys.
  • There are a variety of successful approaches for treating both children and adults for stuttering.
  • More than 70 million people worldwide are stutterers, which is one in every 100. In the US, more than 3 million people stutter.


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