VaLMod® Stuttering

WHAT IS STUTTERING?
Stuttering is a speech disorder that is characterised by frequent repetitions of sounds or syllables, single words, prolonged sounds and/or blockages. These can be accompanied by secondary behaviours, such as ticks (excessive blinking and/or unwanted head and/or limb movements).

 

WHEN DOES IT OCCUR?
Stuttering usually occurs between 2 and 5 years of age. According to available statistical data, stuttering occurs in 2.4 % of pre-school age children and 1% of school-age children and is more common for boys than girls.

 

WHAT CAUSES STUTTERING?
The exact causes of stuttering are not known. Family studies have shown that there is a genetic predisposition to develop stuttering, but the environmental impact that 'triggers' stuttering (a stressful event for a child) cannot be ignored. It has also been shown that boys are more likely to develop a persistent stutter than girls who are more likely to recover faster (3:1 in school-age children). Some of the predictive factors in recovery from stuttering include: the early onset of stuttering (3 years of age), good language, phonological and non-verbal skills, being female and no previous family history. Stuttering is more common in children with poorer language skills, hearing processing (sound processing) problem, rhythm monitoring disorders, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and hyperactivity.

 

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF STUTTERING?
The problem of stuttering greatly affects the social and psychological development of a child, so it is important to react in a timely manner and provide assistance.

 

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