Speech : Speech And Speech

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Children, while developing their speech and communication skills, are often hard to understand; however, having a speech disorder, such as a stutter, on top of that may make it near impossible for anyone to understand what that child is struggling to say. Stuttering is just one of the many speech disorders that make children’s speech even harder to understand. Even sentences that might be a basic sentence to say might come out muffled, broken up, or distorted in some other way, if a child has a stutter or another speech deficiency. A speech-language pathologist is a professional, whose job it is to help correct and make these disorders less noticeable. Speech-language pathologists work closely with both kids and adults to help them to …show more content…

Genetics play a factor in stuttering and is a leading cause, resulting in this disorder. One way genetics plays a role in stuttering is through alteration or mutations in genes. It is believed that an alteration in genes may play a role in this disorder; however, which genes resulting in stuttering are still not clear. However, many genes could result in stuttering, whether it is a gene that inhibits the cases inability to speak, due to a problem in sound production, or one that is altered and encodes for a physical birth defect. For example, genes that cause birth defects, like cleft palates, consequently affect speech ("Neurogenic Stuttering."). Furthermore, this disorder may be linked to heretics, further supporting the belief that some gene results in a stuttering disorder. Stuttering may be heretical, considering that 60% of all of those who have a stuttering disorder also have a family member who had a stutter impediment as well ("FAQ."). This supports the belief that gene alteration is a factor of stuttering, and that these altered and mutated genes encoding for this disorder may be passed off to their offspring inhibiting their speech as well. In addition, for every three males that stutter only one female stutters, further supporting that genes are a factor in stuttering (Williams, Mary E.). The genetic makeup of males makes them more susceptible to this impediment because these stutter causing genes are more common in men. While the cause

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