PHONIATRICS

STUTTERING

Stuttering is an involuntary speech flow disorder that may:

– clonic when a syllable is repeated explosively and jerky;

– tonic when speech is blocked with impossibility of emitting a sound;

– or even tonic-clonic.

Stuttering occurs more than once in two in children aged three to five. It must be distinguished from normal physiological stuttering which disappears in a few months during the fourth year.

Of psychomotor origin, it can be associated with a stuttering inheritance, a dyslatérality (awkwardness), a retardation of language.

To be effective, treatment must be started as soon as possible, speech therapy, psychomotor treatment or psychotherapy. Drug treatments are offered depending on the age and personality of the child.

Bibliography : Stuttering by Barry Guitar 

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