Stuttering: what we know and how we can help

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

What causes stuttering is unknown, but it is thought there might be a hereditary element to it. All this means is that if you stutter, there may be someone else in your family who stutters.

What does stuttering look like?

  • Whole word repetitions "but-but-but"

  • Part word repetitions "de-de-desk"

  • Initial sound repetitions "m-m-m-my"

  • Prolongations "wwwwhen"

  • Blocks "----hi", excessive force without any sound coming out

Stuttering can also include physical secondary behaviors like blinking, clenching of the fists, facial tension, and extra body movements. People who stutter may also avoid situations in which they know they may stutter.

A speech-language pathologist can help people who stutter by:

  • Figuring out a way to navigate the client's own stuttering

  • Addressing negative feelings and behaviors

  • Increasing self-confidence in speaking situations

  • Increasing awareness of avoidance behaviors

  • Decreasing frequency and/or severity of stuttering

  • Identifying triggers that increase stuttering behaviors


The Stuttering Foundation

American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

(832) 378-8165

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