Answers to Stuttering Survey - What do people know about it? - American Institute for Stuttering

So you think you know about stuttering? Answers to the survey

For the last few months, we have been collecting responses to a survey looking at what people who do not stutter know about stuttering and how to properly interact with individuals who stutter. Thank you to those of you who helped to solicit non-stuttering survey participants! On social media, we loved seeing the dialogue this started for many of you and your non-stuttering friends, loved ones, and colleagues. Below are the answers.

1. What do you think causes most stuttering?

a. A traumatic event in childhood or bad parenting

Answer: B

Research has shown that developmental stuttering has a neurologic basis, caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Simply stated, genetics can pre-dispose a child to stutter, and other environmental influences (including normal demands of learning language) act essentially as a trigger. It is possible to begin to acquire neurogenic stuttering after a stroke but this is far less common that developmental stuttering.


2. Which of the following statements is true of young children (under 5 years old) who stutter?

Around 75% of young children of who stutter will not continue to stutter into adulthood. Certain factors such as family history, a child being male, or having other specific language difficulties increase the likelihood of persistence. Specialized early intervention is often critical for instilling healthy communication attitudes for the entire family as well as improving overall fluency and reducing the child’s tension and struggle while speaking. However, research does not confirm that early therapy guarantees a cure. In fact, many people who have continued to stutter into adulthood received stuttering therapy as young children.


3. Which of the following statements is true of people who stutter?

Answer: B

Males are around four times more likely to stutter than females. In preschool-aged children, the ratio is closer to 1:1, but females are around four times more likely to naturally recover from stuttering.


4. Parents who have young children who stutter should:

Answer: C

Parents are advised to listen to what their child is saying, rather than focusing on stuttering. If a parent is repeatedly giving suggestions such as “slow down,” the child will naturally come to believe that how he speaks is of utmost importance while in reality, what he has to say is much more important. Furthermore, the idea that parents should never mention stuttering is outdated. In fact, parents are encouraged to acknowledge that talking can be challenging. An experienced clinician will help you figure out when to discuss stuttering with your child and how to go about it.


5. When speaking with a person who is stuttering and stuck on a word, the majority would prefer you:

6. In what situations are people who stutter usually completely fluent?

7. What can a person who stutters do to make it easier to communicate with others?

8. You can become a person who stutters by imitating another person’s stuttering

9. Stuttering therapy is primarily for children

10. Some people are “covert stutterers,” and are able to hide their stuttering from others

11. What should you say if speaking to a person who is stuttering a lot?

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