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The majority of children who stutter will spontaneously recover from it without intervention, but some 20% of people do not. fizkes/iStock via Getty Images Plus

What causes stuttering? A speech pathology researcher explains the science and the misconceptions around this speech disorder

Stuttering is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects about 1 in 100 people across the world. Yet the precise biological pathways that underlie stuttering are not well understood.
President Joe Biden speaks during a rally at Infinite Energy Center to mark his 100th day in office on April 29, 2021, in Duluth, Ga. Biden has spoken often about his lifelong struggle with stuttering. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Treatment for stuttering may be most effective when addressing anxiety as well as speech

Stuttering has gained attention since the election of U.S. President Joe Biden, who has had a stutter since childhood. Research is changing how stuttering is understood, as well as approaches to treatment.
Joe Biden delivering his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Joe Biden’s inaugural address gives hope to the millions who stutter

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and his inauguration mark an important change for the roughly 3 million people in the United States who stutter.
Stutters are much harder to shake in adulthood, when they cause more anxiety. Flickr/Jessica Lucia

The most important thing for a stutter is to get in early

Most speech and language disorders of early childhood are obvious right from the start. If a child is having difficulty producing sounds or using language, the problem is noticed when speech development…

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