Spotlight on stammering

I met with a student recently. He is someone who stammers, and he told me that he doesn’t see stammering being talked about much. So, with that in mind:

 

  • Stammering impacts on communication and fluency of speech
  • In the UK, people tend to use the words ‘a stammer’ or ‘stammering’ though occasionally you might hear someone referring to it as ‘a stutter’ or ‘stuttering.’
  • According to various stammering charities and foundations, stammering affects about 70 million people, worldwide.
  • Most stammering begins in early childhood, rather than in teenage years or adulthood.

I have noticed that some people who stammer speak quite effortlessly in relaxed environments, for instance when they are talking to friends or people they know.

On the other hand, it can be difficult for people who stammer when: speaking to someone for the first time, delivering presentations, contributing in group settings, taking part in interviews or meetings, or talking on the telephone.

I try to bear this in mind when meeting a student for the first time. I also try to not finish off their sentences or interrupt them.

Useful websites

 

For more interesting facts on stammering, have a look at a look at this previous DTG blog post: Stammering – a useful employer resource

 

 

Edmund Lewis, AGCAS Disability Task Group, University of Westminster

 

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