Stuttering

Stuttering affects the fluency of speech. It begins during childhood and, in some cases, lasts throughout life. The disorder is characterized by disruptions in the production of speech sounds, also called “disfluencies.” Most people produce brief disfluencies from time to time. For instance, some words are repeated and others are preceded by “um” or “uh.” Disfluencies are not necessarily a problem; however, when a person who stutters avoids speaking situations because of their disfluent speech then speech therapy may be a solution.

Stuttering can have an impact on daily activities
In most cases, stuttering has an impact on at least some daily activities. The specific activities that a person finds challenging to perform vary by individual. For some people, communication difficulties only happen during specific activities, for example, talking on the telephone or talking before large groups. For most others, however, communication difficulties occur across a number of activities at home, school, or work.

Some people may limit their participation in certain activities. Such participation restrictions often occur because the person is concerned about how others might react to disfluent speech. Other people may find that they are excluded from participating in certain activities because of stuttering. Clearly, the impact of stuttering on daily life can be directly related to how the person and others react to the disorder.

Help and support for People Who Stutter (PWS)
Deborah Boswell has a passion for working with people who stutter, through individual sessions and through her monthly stuttering support group, which is sanctioned by the National Stuttering Association. This is an encouraging, supportive group of people. We welcome anyone who is interested to attend. Contact us for more information.

Fluent speech made easier
In addition to speech therapy services, Deborah Boswell offers SpeechEasy™, the smallest, most advanced and effective treatment for the problem of stuttering. We are the only authorized provider of this product in North and Central Alabama. SpeechEasy™ is small enough to fit completely in your ear canal, yet it uses an advanced microprocessor. It is digitally programmable with special software for a wide range of settings of Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF) and Frequency Altered Feedback (FAF). We will work with your schedule to establish a three-hour SpeechEasy™ consultation to see if this device will be of benefit to you.

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(Portions of this information are from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.)