Also known as a form of dysfluency, stuttering is an interruption in the flow of speech. When children stutter, they’re usually repeating certain phrases, sounds, syllables, and words. Although it’s normal for children between the ages of two and five to stutter, children who stutter past five years old may need special treatment for this language disorder.
The Causes of Stuttering
Many experts believe that there are four primary factors that cause this condition.
- Genetics: Approximately 60 percent of people who stutter have a family member who also has this condition than those without.
- Child Development: Children with other developmental delays and language or dysfluency problems are more susceptible to this condition.
- Neurophysiology: Most children who stutter process language in a different area of the brain than other children. Because of the different way that the brain processes language, such differences in language processing also affects the muscles that control speech.
- Family Dynamics: Children who come from a family with a fast-paced lifestyle are also more likely to stutter.