Stuttering is a speech problem that interferes with normal word
patterns. A person who stutters
involuntarily repeats, draws out, does not complete, or skips sounds or words
A person who stutters may:
Repeat sounds, parts of words, and sometimes
Pause between words or within a word.
Use a different word in place of a word that's hard to speak.
Use incomplete phrases.
obvious tension or discomfort while talking. Other physical symptoms may occur,
such as eye-blinking or head-nodding.
Make parenthetical remarks.
This means a person who is talking seems to abruptly change subject matter. For
example, a person may say, "I wonder if it will...where is the dog?"
Stuttering associated with normal speech development is called
normal disfluency and usually goes away on its own before puberty. More severe
forms of stuttering, called developmental stuttering, usually do not resolve
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics