Stuttering FAQs

The objective of this page is to gather a bunch of frequently asked questions on stuttering — and provide answers through a variety of sources. There is a lot out there, and it’s worth a read.

For now it’s a work in progress. Here are some of the questions …

What is stuttering?

Stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions (li-li-like this), prolongations (lllllike this), or abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables.

Is there a cure?

The short answer is, “no.” From the link: One must be cautious when consulting websites about stuttering treatment. The solutions found online are sometimes supported, to some degree, by science, though more often, not. However, none can offer reliable information about long-term effects of the techniques and products they recommend. Some can be expensive. Many make promises that are unrealistic and misleading. Several websites misrepresent the methods used by SLPs (e.g. medication).

What are the treatments available?

Although there is currently no cure for stuttering, there are a variety of treatments available. The nature of the treatment will differ, based upon a person’s age, communication goals, and other factors. If you or your child stutters, it is important to work with a speech-language pathologist to determine the best treatment options.

What research is out there?

There’s a lot out there, and I need to see if there’s a nice summary anywhere.

What does a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) do?

What are their qualifications and certifications?

Where should I go for help if I’m … a child … a teenager … an adult … a parent.

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