Did You Know?

  • About 1% of the world’s population stutters.
  • Stuttering is more common among boys than girls; about 4 times more adult males stutter than females.
  • Stuttering usually begins in childhood, between the ages of 2 and 5 years.
  • Stuttering behaviors will develop and vary throughout the lifespan, although stuttering can begin suddenly in childhood.
  • Sometimes, in early childhood years, children will have periods in which the stuttering will appear to “go away”, only to return in a more severe pattern. As many as 80% of preschool children who begin to stutter appear to develop out of their stuttering. For those who continue to stutter into the school-age years and adolescence, however, there is a much greater likelihood that stuttering will be something that the individual will deal with throughout his or her life.
  • Many people who stutter report that they experience significant variability in their stuttering–sometimes they stutter a lot, and sometimes they may stutter just a little.
  • For most, when they are stuttering it feels like their speech is out of their control. The loss of control is intermittent and unpredictable. This can be disconcerting and commonly causes embarrassment, anxiety about speaking, and fear of stuttering again.
  • These feelings may result in the child who stutters trying to speak quickly or trying to force his way through dysfluent moments. These behaviors usually increase the likelihood that more stuttering will result.
  • From one perspective it can be said that stuttering and feeling out of control lead to anxieties about speaking and a series of behaviors that increase the frequency and severity of stuttering — a cycle which perpetuates the stuttering.

Original material provided by Larry Molt, PhD, CCC-SLP (Auburn University).  Updated by Robert W. Quesal, Ph.D (3/2012).

These are just a few facts about stuttering. Learning these will helps to dispel the common Myths About Stuttering!