July 23, 2020

Jem Fundano

14 Facts About Stuttering or Childhood Onset Fluency Disorder

Winston Churchill, Moses in the Bible, King George VI, Marilyn Monroe, Emily Blunt, Shaquille O'Neal, James Earl Jones, and the comedian Drew Lynch, are famous stutterers. Despite their stuttering or childhood-onset fluency disorder, most of them are not known with their disorder, but with the impact they've made for others.

Stuttering, or its clinical term, Childhood-Onset Fluency Disorder, is a communication disorder under the umbrella group of neurodevelopmental disorders.

You might know family or friends who stutter. You might observe apparent symptoms, but there are facts about stuttering that aren't seen or observed.


  1. Stuttering is found with a speech that isn't fluent, and patterns of speech inappropriate for age or language skills.
  2. Stuttering may come in different forms like syllable repetition, sound prolongation, pauses in a word, or whole-word repetitions.
  3. People or friends who stutter usually replace or substitute synonymous words to avoid problematic words.
  4. Physical tension can be seen whenever a word is complicated.
  5. Stuttering causes anxiety, especially if it's about engaging in social events or if it has something to do with speaking.
  6. Stuttering can occur by age 6 for 80%-90%.
  7. Symptoms of stuttering disorder or Childhood-Onset Fluency Disorder start from 2 to 7 years of age.
  8. One in every 100 people in the world has diagnosed, treated, or untreated stuttering or childhood-onset fluency disorder.
  9. Individuals or friends who stutter attest that their stutters are caused by biological conditions, neurological problems, or family history.
  10. Children with stuttering disorders, if detected early, are most likely to recover from the disorder.
  11. Children with Childhood-Onset Fluency Disorder are not aware of their stuttering.
  12. Stuttering causes psychological distress because it hampers with work or school participation.
  13. Stuttering is treatable and can be minimized.
  14. Technology and devices are now used as self-help devices to help recover individuals or friends who stutter.

Stuttering is a persistent and debilitating mental disorder. When left untreated, you may feel that there is no hope for treatment and increases anxiety. But, there is still hope. Stuttering is treatable and can be minimized.

Stuttering is just a hurdle along the way. Once you know the right steps and techniques to overcome it, you can be unstoppable.

Aside from the 14 facts about stuttering, it's important to note that stress and anxiety increase your stuttering. If you're stressed because you're stuttering, your stutters will get worse.

These facts about stuttering help you gain an understanding of individuals with this specific disorder. If you observe family or friends who stutter, it's better to encourage them to consult a mental health professional.

Once you, your kin, or friend's diagnosed, recovery continues if he or she engages in treatment.

Speech therapy, psychotherapy, breathing techniques, and electric brain stimulation are common types of treatment done to individuals diagnosed with Childhood-Onset Fluency Disorder.

It's important to engage in therapy to equip you with how to create a low-stressed environment and cope with your stutters.

Support groups are also available and encouraged so that you can feel included.

A community that is safe and has a common struggle can also help you or your loved one continue with the recovery you or they're doing.

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