WHAT IS STAMMERING?
Stammering, is primarily characterised by
repetitions, pauses, and prolongations in speech. Stammering usually
occurs on the initial sound or syllable of a word, in the first word
of a sentence, on accented syllables, and on 'content' words.
'Content' words carry the meaning of a sentence, which is why when
listeners guess what a stammerer is trying to say, they often get it
usually starts around the time that language skills are developing,
and onset is generally gradual in nature. Late-onset developmental
stammering is rare. Some stammerer will be more fluent in some
situations than others and the same person can be more fluent at
some times than others. This variability can cause tremendous
frustration on the part of the stammerer.
shown that stammering increases when saying one's name, speaking on
the telephone, speaking to an authority figure, or speaking to an
audience. Equally, stammering decreases when saying a phrase
repeatedly, speaking in chorus with another person, when speaking
alone or to animals, when singing, using a lower pitch, using a
different accent, using electronic anti-stuttering devices, and even
when crawling on all fours.