One of the possible causes of stuttering that is being investigated is what is referred to as neurogenic stuttering. In this type of stuttering, it is suggested that the nerves that are related to speech are not responding properly to direction from the brain.
Stuttering is a speech disorder. It can occur in both adults and children. What happens when someone stutters is that the natural flow of spoken words is disrupted by much repetition of parts of words, whole words, or even of phrases. Or instead of repeating sounds, other stutterers prolong sounds in certain parts of words. Either way, the result is stuttering.
Neurogenic stuttering is often accompanied by a rapid blinking of the eyes. The person’s jaw and lips appear tense. They may even experience upper body tremors while trying to get the words out.
Many studies have been conducted to determine both cause and treatment of stuttering. At this point in time, there are no one size fits all answers, but research continues. There is ongoing hope as new treatments and medications are continually being developed.
Sometimes this speech disorder is referred to as stammering, but this is basically the same thing as stuttering, except it may be less severe.
One mystery attached to stuttering or stammering is that when a person talks to themselves, reads aloud or sings, the stuttering often seems to disappear and the stutterer is clearly understood. It is speculated that the areas of the brain handling speech development are different in stutterers from those with normal language development. Further research is focusing in this area.
In the United States, about three million people suffer from this speech problem. First signs are often noticed between the ages of two and six. It’s important to take action once it’s apparent that the child is not outgrowing the stuttering problem. Children who stutter are as intelligent as any other child. But so that they can reach their full potential, provide support and proper speech therapy at a young age, so the problem doesn’t worsen with age.
Don’t despair if you or someone you care about stutters. Some very famous people suffered from stuttering in their childhood and went on to overcome the problem and be very successful as adults. Some well known people who were stutters as children include actors James Earl Jones, and Bruce Willis, as well as singer Carly Simon. They have all been very much in the public eye over the years so you see it is possible to overcome stuttering.
The best case scenario for a stutterer is to be in a supportive atmosphere, surrounded by understanding family and friends. A person who stutters should above and beyond all else be accepted for who they are. With encouragement and speech therapy, hopefully the problem can be helped.
Also remember that researchers are constantly searching for new medications and therapies that can be used to help stutterers. If you or someone you care about, suffers from neurogenic stuttering, these treatments provide new hope of a cure in the near future.