Stuttering is a speech disorder often experienced as dysfluent speech.
Fluency disorders, also known as stuttering, affects the motor production of speech. People who stutter may repeat sounds or words, stretch the beginning sounds of words or get stuck when trying to speak.
If you or a family member has stuttering or fluency problems, speak to your doctor to check if a referral to a Speech Therapist is required.
Stuttering is a speech disorder that results in disruption in the smoothness of talking as a result of difficulties starting to speak, and repeating sounds or words. People who stutter know what they want to say, but have difficulty saying it.
Stuttering may be a developmental disorder starting from childhood. Some children will outgrow this developmental stuttering spontaneously, while others require some form of speech therapy to encourage them to speak smoothly.
Sometimes, stuttering is not treated and becomes a chronic condition that persists into adulthood. When this happens, the motor patterns of speech becomes ingrained and will not resolve on its own.
People may acquire stuttering outside of childhood (e.g. in adulthood) as a result of illnesses, mostly affecting the brain.