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What is Stuttering?
Stuttering is a complex communication disorder that affects approximately 1% of the population (over 68 million people) and 3 million Americans. Because many children go through a period of stuttering, but then outgrow it, approximately 5% of children stutter at some point in their lives.
Because stuttering is a multi-dimensional disorder, it can most easily be defined in three parts:
- The observable characteristics, such as repetitions (c-c-car), prolongations (mmmine), blocks (----book), physical struggle, etc.
- The communication difficulties experienced in everyday life, such as, difficulty ordering in a restaurant, introducing yourself, reading aloud, etc.
- The impact that stuttering has on quality of life, such as: feeling ashamed, embarrassed, anxiety, low self-esteem, etc.
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