The Key Features Of Stuttering

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Key Features of Stuttering
Stuttering is a speech disorder that occurs when the fluency of speech is involuntarily interrupted (Belyk et al., 2014). According to scientific literature, typical symptoms of stuttering include prolongations of speech sounds, sound and syllable repetition, fast tempo, lengthy pauses, intrusion of irrelevant sounds, the use of interjections, and physical signs of struggle (Andrade et al., 2014). Additionally, stutterers can develop secondary behaviours including negative perceptions leading to avoidance of certain social situations (Maguire et al., 2004). Negative emotional responses can cause debilitating cognitive and social impacts (Andrade et al., 2014). Stuttering typically develops in childhood and the majority of cases are mild in severity and occurring intermittently (Felsenfeld et al., 2000). Stuttering has a high distribution rate among children, specifically with a male to female ratio of 2 or 3:1 (Andrade et al., 2014). Despite the high distribution rate in children, spontaneous recovery occurs in at least 60% of cases (Felsenfeld et al., 2000).

In contrast to the individual experience, Watson displayed many of the typical symptoms associated with stuttering. For instance, repetition of sounds and syllables, prolongations of speech sounds, stutter is intermittent, lengthy pauses, negative perceptions (frustration), and negative social impact (anxiety and social isolation), were all present in Watson’s case. However, instead of…

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