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What is stammering all about?

Stammering

  • Disrupts the flow of speech with repetition, prolonging or blocking of words and sounds with possible facial tension and extra body movement. The pitch, tone and volume of the voice may be altered.

  • Has no single cause, there is no single or definite cure and there is no single best strategy for supporting pupils. Current research indicates that the cause of stammering has a physiological basis in the brain structure.

  • Is found in every culture and language at an incidence of about 1% of the adult population and is not linked with ability or personality profiles.

  • Usually starts between 2 and 5 years.

  • Is usually made worse by stress and anxiety and can come and go, even in the same conversation.

Help

On entry to secondary school, the SENCO, or designated member of staff, should liaise with the parents, the pupil and the speech and language therapist, if one is involved.

If the pupil is not receiving therapy, monitor the pupil's speech and, if there is concern, talk to the pupil, and the parents, about arranging a referral.

Remember that in some areas resources are limited and there may not be a school-based service for secondary pupils, and therapy will be offered in the clinic. Some local therapy services may struggle to offer even this.