A Brief Explanation about Stuttering and Brain Problems
Stuttering and brain problems are often being interrelated by the various
studies which have been conducted about the topic. Although nothing has
been proven yet as a strong evidence or proof as to the relation, there
are different studies that point to the disfigured area on the brain’s
anatomy that controls speech as the one responsible for the stuttering.
Although aside from brain problems, stuttering can also be rooted to
emotional dilemma and baggage. A child may go through this stage when
they are only beginning to talk up to about three years old. But this is
a normal phase that everybody will go through. The problem begins when
the speech doesn’t develop long after such phase and the stuttering won’t
seem to stop. This is when parents should be alert in finding a cure for
their children because the red flag is starting to raise that they are
suffering from a medical condition already.
Characteristics of Stutterers
Stutterers usually show signs of repetition of consonants to words and
phrases. The longer the words they repeat, the more serious their
situation is. Aside from constant repetition, stutterers have long pauses
or a series of short ones when they are expressing their thoughts. They
also appear drawn out from what they are saying because of the manner in
which they are expressing what they want to say.
A child who is just learning how to talk and is experiencing the whole
process is very different from a child with a mild form of stuttering
condition. The latter will often be caught with more than twice
repetition of sounds that they hear of syllables from what they really
would want to say. Usually, the facial muscle of a child with a medical
condition becomes tensed and they might appear to be fighting with the
words that they really want to express but are still figuring out how.
Other children with this condition will raise their voices out of
exasperation about their situation. Some children will pause on the midst
of their sentences because they could hardly breathe or they lack the air
needed to be able to go on with what they are saying. The severe cases
for children are said to be those who stutter for more than 10 percent of
their whole speech.
The child may appear rowdy and irritable because they feel the
exasperation of doing something that appears so easy for other people to
do. They feel the tension and the pressure may also get into them. This
will be worse if they will be exposed to other children who do not have
their condition and who wouldn’t understand them. Once they are bullied
about their situation, the more chances that they will feel like a
failure. This may lead for them to shy away from the public light. This
may also cause early signs of depression for these children.
There are drugs available nowadays which you can try for your child to
take. But the chances of getting better really depend on the child’s
immune system and how their system reacts to the drugs. As a parent, the
best cure that you can give to your child who has this problem is support
and continuous therapy.
And although stuttering and brain problems are often being linked, the
condition doesn’t really affect one’s intelligence. So somebody who has
it can still achieve flying colors in life and career.