Many people believe there is a link between stuttering and brain problems. This can make stuttering a demoralizing condition for both child and parent. Stuttering is perceived by many as a sign of lower intelligence, but this is not the case.
It is true that stuttering can result from head trauma, mental illness or neurological problems. However, unless there are other cognitive deficiencies, there is no correlation between stuttering and intelligence or ability. In the majority of childhood stuttering cases, it's simply a developmental roadblock that the child will outgrow or that can be controlled through speech therapy.
Stress, Self-Esteem and Stuttering
Stuttering is not primarily a result of a lack of confidence or low self-esteem; however, stuttering can cause a child to worry, leading to an exaggerated stutter when the child is confronted with certain stressful situations, such as talking to strangers or talking on the telephone.
There are a number of routes open to the parent of a stuttering child.
Conditioning alone can do much to lessen the degree of a stutter, though it is the child's confidence that really needs treatment in most cases. A good support network and the opportunity for a child to meet others with stutters of different types will enable her to accept her own stutter. Identifying people who once stuttered and have learned to control it can help to give a child a goal to reach. Boosting self confidence goes a long way toward keeping your child committed to therapy.
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