Social Anxiety Disorder And The Speech Of The Individual ( Asha )

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Stuttering is a fluency disorder that affects the speech of the individual (ASHA). Stuttering causes interferences in the speech that are signified as “disfluencies” (ASHA). These disfluencies may be presented in different ways. There may be repetitions of words, pauses, prolongation of words, and/or may include multiple “ums” in the speech (ASHA). These interruptions in speech may negatively affect the communication of individuals who stutter. Many times, the individuals is aware of what they want to say but is unable to accurately and appropriately verbalize the thought because of the symptoms of repetitions, prolongations and hindering of words (Blumgart, Tran, & Craig, 2010). Social Anxiety Disorder is the most common psychological impact in people who stutter. Social anxiety disorder or social phobia is a disorder where a person feels anxiety related to social interactions. (Blumgart, Tran, & Craig, 2010). Approximately 50% of people who stutter or more are known to have social anxiety disorder (Stein et al 1996). Social anxiety and phobia negatively impacts occupation, social situations, and mental health (Blumgart, Tran, & Craig, 2010). People with social anxiety disorder will have feelings of trepidation about being in social interactions (Jacobs & Anthony, Social anxiety support). Researchers explain that symptoms of social anxiety may include but not limited to “blushing, trembling, sweating, and speech block, and many individuals with social anxiety…
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