Speech Therapy

Signs and Symptoms of Stammering

Stammering is defined as the speech disorder characterized by disruptions and stoppages in fluency which interrupts the timing and smooth flow of speech. These disruptions may include repetition of words, syllables or sounds. Also, sounds can be prolongated so that the words appear to stretch out. There are various signs and symptoms of stammering. The speech may sound jerky, tense or forced. Affected individuals may try to avoid certain situations or words which they think will cause them embarrassment or unease. Read on to know the signs and symptoms of stammering.

Signs and Symptoms of Stammering

Some individuals who stammer try to avoid and substitute words to such levels that people surrounding them don’t even realize the disfluency. This is called “covert stammering.” If this condition is left untreated, then it may lead to depression and low self-esteem.

Signs and Symptoms of Stammering

The various signs and symptoms are exaggerated during stress. This speech disorder runs in families. Also, this occurs due to wrong syn between areas of the brain involved in preparation of speech and final execution. Here are the signs and symptoms:

  • Interjection used before attempting to utter specific sounds, such as “uhm”

  • A few individuals appear breathless when talking

  • Upper body and face tighten up while talking

  • Trembling jaw while trying to talk

  • Tapping foot when trying to talk

  • Trembling lips

  • Rapid blinking

  • Circumlocution – Words with specific sounds are interchanged with others

  • Slurred speech

  • Prolonged speech sounds

  • Repetition of a syllable, word or sound

  • Hesitation before specific sounds are uttered

  • Problems starting a sentence, phrase or even a word

These signs and symptoms of stammering are prevalent in children as well as adults. If this condition is left untreated for a long time, then it may become a permanent fixture in your life. Hence, early diagnosis and treatment is important for minimizing the speech disorder and increasing the fluency in your speech.

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