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Dr. Jay Lefer
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Stuttering (Overview)

Stuttering affects the fluency of speech. It begins during childhood and, in some cases continues until adulthood. It is characterized by disruptions in the production of speech sounds, also called "disfluencies."


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My cousin stutters when he speaks? What can he do?

My cousin stutters when he speaks? What can he do?

See a psychologist.: Encourage him to see a psychologist or other trained mental health professional for an evaluation. Therapy includes speech therapy, reduction of fears and anxiety, improvement in self-esteem and improvement in communication skills. Rarely, medications have been used to treat stuttering but there are no fda approved drugs yet for this condition. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Lefer
102 doctors shared insights

Stuttering (Overview)

Stuttering affects the fluency of speech. It begins during childhood and, in some cases continues until adulthood. It is characterized by disruptions in the production of speech sounds, also called "disfluencies."


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How long does stuttering last?

How long does stuttering last?

A few months: Stuttering, is most often noticed in children between 2 and 3 years of age, which may persist a few months. Referral for speech evaluation is recommended if a child has positive family history or demonstrates any of the following: prolonged stuttering over 6 months, avoiding talking, tense pauses in speech, or extrinsic facial or body movements while talking. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of stuttering?

What are the symptoms of stuttering?

STUTTERING: The child cannot talk straight, repeats words, pauses and then try to continue talking again. ...Read more

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Do you know how to stop stuttering?

Do you know how to stop stuttering?

Stuttering: Disruption in fluency of speech, stuttering, is most often noticed in children between 2 and 3 years of age, which may persist a few months. Referral for speech evaluation is recommended if a child has positive family history or demonstrates any of the following: prolonged stuttering over 6 months, avoiding talking, tense pauses in speech, or extrinsic facial or body movements while talking. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what can cause stuttering all of the sudden?

Neurogenic stutter-: ing can be caused by a variety of injuries or diseases of the Central Nervous System. See http://www.stutteringhelp.org/neurogenic-stuttering. Psychogenic stuttering could follow an anxiety-provoking event, especially in a person with a prior history of speech/language disorders. Stuttering during " the age of dysfluency", 2-5 years, of sudden or gradual onset, may go away on its own within 6 mos. ...Read more

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At what age can a child develop stuttering, and should it be treated right away?

At what age can a child develop stuttering, and should it be treated right away?

Preschool age: Generally stuttering occurs about age 3-4 years, and is not too worrisome-most children do it to some extent. If it doesn't self correct by 6-7 years, or involves prolonged repetition or repetition of one sound, if there are long pauses in speech or if it really seems to upset the child or there are unusual behaviors to compensate, then treatment is needed. ...Read more

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I start stuttering during presentations but not at other times. Any treatment?

Stage fright: A traditional approach is to use a beta-blocker like propranalol or metoprolol prior to your presentation. A number of physicians can help prescribe an appropriate med. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for stuttering?

Is there a cure for stuttering?

Treatment vs cure: One thing to note is that mild stuttering is normal up to about 5 yrs of age in some children. Severe stuttering may require evaluation and treatment earlier. If over 5 yr or severe, then speech therapist will help teach the person how to control. Cured... Maybe not, it might reappear in particularly stressful situations in some people, but controlled, yes. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of stuttering and public fear?

PUBLIC FEAR: This happens to everyone inexperience in public speaking. Take a deep breath and relax before you speak. Try to ignore the audience and concentrate on your topic. Later on, you will be researsed and do it casually. ...Read more

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Suffering with headaches for 10 years got worse took naproxen 500mg and started to stutter badly i'm now off the tablets but still stuttering ?

Suffering with headaches for 10 years got worse took naproxen 500mg and started to stutter badly i'm now off the tablets but still stuttering ?

MOH: Medication overuse headache (moh): which results from the repetitive and chronic use of headache abortive medications for three months or more. Patients with moh take multiple daily doses of one or more analgesics in an effort to suppress the pain. Although simple analgesics such as aspirin, Naproxen or Acetaminophen can produce chronic daily headache and make it worse. See headache specialist. ...Read more

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Moments of involuntary shaking and twitching. It starts in the hands & soon i feel it in my arms. I feel dizzy & really weak. When i try to talk, the words first come out stuttered. But then it gets more difficult. My lips tense up & and my cheeks fill wi

Moments of involuntary shaking and twitching. It starts in the hands & soon i feel it in my arms. I feel dizzy & really weak. When i try to talk, the words first come out stuttered. But then it gets more difficult. My lips tense up & and my cheeks fill wi

Hello. : Hello. I noticed that you have tagged both panic attacks and seizures here. I will start by describing panic attacks. Panic attacks are usually brief. They often last a couple of minutes to around ten minutes. Symptoms can include a sense of severe anxiety or panic as well as chest tightness or pain and a rapid or pounding heartbeat. There could also be areas of numbness or pins and needles type sensation. A person can experience hot flashes or chills and perspire heavily. There may be a tickle sensation in the stomach or nausea. When a person has a panic attack they may feel dizzy or faint and may become physically shaky. The person may fear that they are going crazy, they are out of control or that they are about to die. They may have a sense that they are unreal (a form of dissassociation called depersonalization). The sense that everything in the environment feels abnormal is derealization. Although what you are describing sounds a lot like a panic attack; it is very important to have a full physical evaluation to rule out the possibility that this a medical problem. I recommend that you be evaluated by your family doctor. He or she may consult with a neurologist. Clearly these episodes feel really bad, so i hope you get a medically evaluated soon. ...Read more

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Which gender has the stuttering genetic strait that can be passed on to their children?

Which gender has the stuttering genetic strait that can be passed on to their children?

Not known: I am not aware of a sex-linked genetic causality for stuttering, although more men than women stutter. Wikipedia has an accurate entry on stuttering. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/stuttering. ...Read more

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How can I use exposure techniques to prevent stuttering?

A speech/language: Therapist & a psychologist can guide you through exposure-response prevention techniques. Since you indicate that anxiety contributes to your stuttering, you may benefit from anti-anxiety medications prescribed by a psychiatrist. I hope you're watching lazaro on american idol: http://www.Stutteringhelp.Org/. In britain:http://www.Stammering.Org/. Anyone who teases you is an idiot; pity the fool. ...Read more

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How to stop stuttering?

Speech therapy: Speech therapy can be very effective see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is stuttering hereditary?

No: Not hereditary in a mendelian sense, but genetic predisposition has been identified in some families. ...Read more

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How long does stuttering last?

A few months: Stuttering, is most often noticed in children between 2 and 3 years of age, which may persist a few months. Referral for speech evaluation is recommended if a child has positive family history or demonstrates any of the following: prolonged stuttering over 6 months, avoiding talking, tense pauses in speech, or extrinsic facial or body movements while talking. ...Read more

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How do I keep from stuttering?

Speech therapy: Speech therapy can be very effective in the majority of cases. ...Read more

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How can you reduce stuttering?

Diff for Each person: Go watch "the king's speech" dvd and watch the special features. Churchill also stuttered and helped himself. It is often worse with nerves and anxiety, and interestingly many stutterers don't do it when they sing. It takes focus, determination, time and guidance, and usually working with somebody (speech therapist) with experience in helping others with same or similar problems. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my stuttering?

It's complicated: See a good speech therapist who has worked with others. Go watch "the king's speech" dvd and watch the special features. Churchill also stuttered and helped himself. It is often worse with nerves and anxiety, and interestingly many stutterers don't do it when they sing. It takes focus, determination, time and guidance, and working with somebody with experience in helping others with same problem. ...Read more

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Is tgsre a way to stop stuttering?

Stuttering: Stuttering is most of the times seen with anxiety. Sometimes taking anti anxiety medication can help stuttering as well as speech therapy. ...Read more

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Do you know how to stop stuttering?

Stuttering: Disruption in fluency of speech, stuttering, is most often noticed in children between 2 and 3 years of age, which may persist a few months. Referral for speech evaluation is recommended if a child has positive family history or demonstrates any of the following: prolonged stuttering over 6 months, avoiding talking, tense pauses in speech, or extrinsic facial or body movements while talking. ...Read more