What is stuttering?
Stuttering is a fluency disorder where a person may not be able to speak fluency. It is also referred to as stammering Sydney. While those who suffer from this condition are clear about what they want to express but they fail to do so due to a lack of speech fluency. They may prolong words or letters or repeat a word more than once before they can get the message across. Stuttering is a common condition among kids but some adults also undergo this issue. Many kids stutter while they are developing their language and speech skills. The good news is that even the ones who suffer from this condition outgrow this condition in most cases. But it can be more serious is some kids and may continue during the later years of life as well.
According to researches, there are various causes of stuttering. Some of the possible causes of stuttering are:
- Abnormalities in speech motor control. Abnormalities in speech motor control, like sensory, timing, and motor coordination may be the cause of this condition.
- Genetics. Studies show that stuttering may run in families. It seems that this condition may result from genetic abnormalities as well.
Other possible causes of stuttering include:
- A stroke
- Brain disorders
- Traumatic brain injury
- Emotional stress
- Emotional trauma
If your kid is having problems in fluency, looking for the following signs may help you determine if he is suffering from stuttering:
- Problem in beginning a word
- Prolonging a word or sounds
- Anxiety about expressing himself
- Repeating a sound or word
- Rapid eye blinking
- Head jerks
This condition sometime even gets worse when a person is stressed or excited. Addressing people in groups or while speaking over call can be hard for those who suffer from this condition.
When to see a speech pathologist
If you notice your kid stuttering it does not have to be an alarming sign in all cases. The reason is that many kids do stutter between two to five years of age. With time their speaking abilities improve and this problem goes away itself. But if your child has crossed this age bracket and is still stuttering, make sure you visit a speech pathologist. You should see speech therapists if:
- If the condition does not subside by 6 months of age
- If it takes place along with other issues of the same kind
- If it becomes more often
- If continue in later years of life
- If stuttering affects effective everyday communication
A speech pathologist Penrith can diagnose stuttering and offer suitable treatment depending on the particular cause. People suffering from stuttering may benefit from treatments like speech therapy. A speech pathologist may also treat this condition using electronic devices that would help a person improve speech fluency.