What is Stuttering?


Stuttering affects the fluency of speech. It is an involuntary repetition of speech sounds, for example:


  • Sound repetitions: g-g-g-give me that

  • Word repetitions: he, he, he, he is running

  • Phrase repetitions: I want, I want, I want more mum

  • Prolongations: mu-u-u-u-ummy look!

  • Blocks: (Silence) getting stuck before the word come out.


It is not caused by stress, emotional difficulties or nervousness, although these conditions may make a stutter worse. It can be hereditary and is usually seen in boys.

Stuttering usually occurs when children’s language is beginning to expand (at about 2-3 years of age). Sometimes it will disappear, if it persists longer than 3 months, consult a Speechie!