A Blog by Jane Fraser
March 5, 2020
Worldwide, more than 70 million people stutter. Here are 9 Things to Know About Stuttering supported by evidence-based research.
1. More than three million Americans stutter.
2. Stuttering affects three to four times as many males as females.
3. Approximately five percent of all children go through a period of stuttering that may last six months or more. Three-quarters of those will recover by late childhood, leaving about one percent with a long-term problem.
4. Exciting new research in the areas of genetics, neurophysiology, child development, and family dynamics is shedding light on the possible causes of stuttering. As a result, we have made tremendous progress in the prevention of stuttering in young children.
5. Studies show that people who stutter are as intelligent and as well-adjusted as those who don't.
6. People who stutter are self-conscious about their stuttering and often let the disability determine the vocation they choose.
7. There are no instant miracle cures for stuttering.
8. Stuttering becomes an increasingly formidable problem in the teen years.
9. Samuel L. Jackson, Emily Blunt, Ed Sheeran, Marilyn Monroe, Tiger Woods, Joe Biden, Kendrick Lamar, Michelle Williams, Marc Anthony, Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Harvey, Nicole Kidman and Bruce Willis - all famous people who stutter.
A qualified clinician can help not only children but also teenagers, young adults, and even older adults make significant progress toward fluency.