Does Your Child Stutter? Research Unlocks Clues to the Cause of Stuttering by Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
Nearly three million people stutter nationally. Stuttering is the involuntary disruption in the fluency of speech sounds. According to the National Stuttering Association, there is no single cause for stuttering. Recent ground-breaking research using new brain imaging technology has found that brain circuits are altered in people who stutter.
Researchers identified that the areas of the brain linked to stuttering include: speech production and the default-mode network involved with regulating attention and emotional-memory. This research confirms that stuttering is a developmental disorder that involves the entire brain. The research was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Early speech therapy intervention is a critical aspect in improving stuttering in children. Contact the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for more information here.