Stammering and stuttering are two different words that are used to describe the same condition. Generally speaking 'stuttering' is used more commonly in North America and Australia, while in Britain we tend to use the word 'stammering'.
We do not know what causes stammering, but research shows that a combination of factors is involved. Stammering affects four times as many men as women. Statistics show us that approximately 500,000 plus adults in the U.K. stammer, which is about 1% of the adult population.
It is vital to recognise that everyone who stammers is different, and stammers differently. Everyone is an individual and any therapy or training must respect your individuality. Therefore, every person who stammers is potentially an expert on their own stammering. Recognising and always respecting these very important facts is the foundation to The Starfish Project and its success in helping people in their recovery from stammering.
Stammering is a disorder of fluency that is characterised by various behaviours that interfere with the forward flow of speech. While all individuals are disfluent to some extent, what differentiates stammerers from non-stammerers is the frequency of their disfluency and/or the severity of their disfluency. However, the other factor that differentiates stammerers from non-stammerers is that almost invariably the disfluencies that the stammerer regards as "stammering" are accompanied by a feeling of loss of control. It is this loss of control, which can't be observed or experienced by the listener, that is generally most problematic for the stammerer.
(This excellent short definition of stammering was written by Robert W. Quesal, Ph.D.Western Illinois University and is reproduced here with his permission.) his web site is :- www.wiu.edu/users/mfrwq
Stammering - is generally characterized by repetitions (sounds, syllables, part-words, whole words, phrases), pauses, and prolongations that differ in number and severity from those of 'normally fluent' individuals.Whilst other disorders are characterised by disfluent speech, the patterns of disfluency in these other disorders differ from that seen in developmental stammering.
Stammering - however, is not simply a speech difficulty, it is a serious communication problem. It can undermine a person's self-esteem; affect their interaction with others; impede their education and seriously hamper employment potential.
However, there is therapy available from The Starfish Project that provides sustainable and effective solutions for controlling stammering (stuttering).
Stammering / Stuttering IS NOT caused by :-
And a hundred and one other stupid old tales.
There is no known cause, certainly no single cause for stammering, but a combination of different factors are involved.
People who stammer should beware of and avoid any therapy that offers a CURE. However, there is therapy available that provides sustainable and effective solutions to control stammering (stuttering).