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The Scoop on Stuttering

Do you know someone who stutters? Chances are you do, since there are more than three million people in the US who have this problem. Get your info on stuttering right here.

What Is It?

Stuttering is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repeating or dragging sounds or syllables, and by involuntarily pausing between words. A person who stutters might say, "H-how's it g-g-going?" instead of, "How's it going?" Stuttering makes it difficult to speak smoothly, and feeling nervous, stressed, or self-conscious about it can make talking even harder. And contrary to popular belief, stuttering isn't a disease or a nervous tic, and it has nothing to do with a person's intelligence - they're just as smart as everyone else!

What Causes It?

No one knows for sure why people stutter, but it could be caused by genetics (it runs in the family), developmental problems (a delay in learning to walk or talk), or neurophysiological problems (problems in the brain and nervous system).

How Is It Treated?

There's no cure for stuttering, but speech therapy can help make talking a lot easier. A speech and language therapist will help you with your speech by having you speak, read out loud and pronounce different words. With time and practice, the frequency of your stuttering can be reduced to the point where people may not be able to tell you had a stutter to begin with!

Did You Know?

  • About one in 20 kids stutter.
  • Stuttering affects guys four times more than girls.
  • In the UK, stuttering is known as stammering.
  • Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Tiger Woods, Kenyon Martin of the Denver Nuggets, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke and Porky Pig all have a stutter.
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week always falls on the second week of May. This year, it runs from May 12-18th.
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GirLovesPiggy
GirLovesPiggy posted in Style:
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drowning
drowning posted in Family Issues:
@rainbowpoptart  When I originally talked to my father, I was given the opportunity of good timing to bring it up. Luckily, there was no anger like I was partially expecting and I remained calm, which I definitely wasn't expecting. My fathers main concern was just worry and having seen other teens run away from something later getting themselves in trouble. He even brought up how he had run off at 18 and joined the Air Force, which I already knew. But, with this round, there is no perfect time to bring it up and he's always busy or we're having to do something so it's just very frustrating to find at least alright timing to bring it up, if that makes sense.
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rainbowpoptart
My advice on this may not be the best because I haven't personally dealt with this yet, but... Parents, or guardians, get used to having their children around. You're [usually] with them for 18 years, which is a long time, so of course they - or in this case, your father - is going to feel like he's lost something very dear to him once you move out. To me it seems like he does truly understand that you're growing up. He just doesn't want it to happen. He knows that you're leaving soon - he just doesn't want it to be soon. Parents/guardians who are close to the children usually feel that way. If you're really so concerned, talk to him about it again, in a similar way you have done already. Or perhaps just a "Wow, my birthday is just around the corner". Once you do move out, visit him as frequently as you're able to and feel like. I'm sure he'll appreciate it, and it'll help you maintain a close relationship with him.
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drowning
drowning posted in Family Issues:
Usually I wouldn't come here for advice, but I am really needing it. To sum it up, my birthday is in 21 days. Not only will I be leaving KW, but home as well. My mother has made it to where I have had plans to leave since I was around 11 or 12; so about 7 to 8 years. I won't get into everything, but we'll just say that my mother and I do not have a good relationship at all. My father on the other hand, I am very attached too and always scared of upsetting him. Things are not always very good between us at times, but we rarely fight. When we do, it is always bad nor ends well. So, having plans to move out are very scary to me and causes me plenty of anxiety that fights are going to break out when I have my help to get my belongings out.   For the record, I have talked to my father about leaving, why I want too, etc. But, more in the sense of that I want too, not that I am. Which, in a way, my parents understand I'm moving out as well as already pretty much know where I'm going without my mention. But, I don't think they, my father especially, understands how soon that is despite my saying of I want too when I'm 18 or when I say, "Soon." It doesn't help that my father told another that his "little girl is growing up" on him and that he is scared of the day I go because he will be alone. Which makes me feel guilty despite the fact I won't even be that far away. How should I talk to him once more and go about this or even when? I really want him to understand that I have thought everything through and that I will be in safe hands.
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-Oracle-
-Oracle- posted in Friends:
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