Signs and Symptoms of Stuttering

What are signs and symptoms of stuttering?

Characteristics of stuttered speech often include repetition of words or parts of words, as well as prolongations of speech sounds. These disfluencies occur most often in individuals who stutter than in the general population. Some people who stutter appear very tense or “out of breath” when talking. Speech may become completely stopped or blocked. Blocked is when the mouth is positioned to say a sound, sometimes for several seconds, with little or no sound coming out. After some effort, the person may complete the word. Interjections such as “um” or “like” can occur.  These interjections or “filler words” are used intentionally to delay the initiation of a word the speaker expects to “get stuck on.”

 

Stuttering Awareness Week

Today marks the first day of Stuttering Awareness Week, this week all posts will be related to stuttering in order to spread awareness! 

What is stuttering?

Stuttering affects the fluency of speech. It begins during childhood and, in some cases, lasts throughout life. The disorder is characterized by disruptions in the production of speech sounds, also called “disfluencies.” Most people produce brief disfluencies from time to time. For instance, some words are repeated and others are preceded by “um” or “uh.” Disfluencies are not necessarily a problem; however, they can impede communication when a person produces too many of them.

In more cases than not, stuttering has an impact on an individuals daily activities. [For some people, communication difficulties only happen during specific activities, for example, talking on the telephone or talking before large groups. For most others, however, communication difficulties occur across a number of activities at home, school, or work. Some individuals who stutter avoid social situations and/or participation in social activities.  These individuals often care about what others will think about their dysfluent speech and try to hide it.  Some individuals avoid socialization/speaking, rearrange words in sentences, and/or pretend that they forgot what they wanted to say. 

Better Hearing & Speech Month!

Hello everyone, it’s Lindsay back for the month of May, more commonly known as Better Hearing & Speech Month!   Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and role of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists in providing life-altering treatment. Stay tuned all month to keep up the Long Island Center for Speech and Myofunctional Therapy as we will have many interesting posts to help you celebrate all month long!