Developmental Stuttering

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Communication Sciences and Disorders


Stuttering affects children at a point when they are learning to speak; unfortunately, no one knows the main cause of this disability. Research continues in order to improve understanding about stuttering and to name the specific reasons for its cause. This project focuses primarily on developmental stuttering, with a brief explanation of the other two types of stuttering, neurogenic stuttering, and psychogenic stuttering. The poster includes an explanation of theories about the etiology of fluency impairments, along with current understandings of stuttering. Research shows stuttering cannot be clearly identified until a child begins to hit the language milestones that physicians and parents assess as children develop. Early intervention is always key with learning disabilities or complications, and stuttering is no different. Close examination of these children is critical. The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association strongly suggests seeing a Speech-Language Pathologist to confirm if a child has stuttering. Speech Pathologists today use different therapies to reverse the disability of stuttering and lessen the effects on an individual's daily life. "Treating stuttering within the 15 months after onset, has a higher chance of recovery than starting treatment once the stuttering has been present for more than 15 months" (NVST, Dutch Association for Stuttering Therapy). In sum, this project will bring attention to what encompasses developmental stuttering: the knowledge about the different types of stuttering, the etiology of the disability, the several therapies being used to help mitigate symptoms and the length of stuttering, and coping mechanisms.

First Advisor

Kaiya Ansorge

Second Advisor

Mandy Williams

Research Area

Communication Sciences and Disorders

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