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At What Age Can People Develop A Stutter?

People develop a stutter for a number of reasons. The most common type of stuttering is that of a developmental stutter. This happens in early childhood, usually between the ages of two and five years old.

That’s only one type though, because you can develop a stutter at any age.

Stuttering does not discriminate!

Here are three other things that can cause a stutter to develop, regardless of your age:

1) Drug related

Sometimes, your speech can be significantly affected by the medications you take. If you’ve recently started on a new medication and suddenly find yourself with a bit of stutter, or perhaps an extreme stutter, your doctor is the first person to speak to.

If you’re experiencing an adverse reaction to any medications, then a simple change could be all it takes to get rid of it. If medications or even recreational drugs are not an issue that could have caused the stutter to develop, it could be one of the next two causes.

2) Neurogenic

Your speech is controlled by your brain, so if you experience any brain injuries, it could result in a stutter developing. In mature adults, that could be a result of a stroke, or any event that’s starved your brain of oxygen.

If your stutter is caused by a brain injury, then it is likely that you’ll be referred to a speech therapist to help you to regain fluency. That will take a great deal of time and dedication to see and hear results of improved speech.

3) Psychogenic

Psychogenic stuttering is rare, but it can happen. When you experience a traumatic event in life, such as the bereavement of a loved one, or perhaps after a traumatic accident, speech problems can follow.

The treatment options

Successful stuttering treatments

The treatment for stuttering differs between individuals as there are many variables involved in what’s going on in your brain.

Speech therapists can help you learn coping mechanisms to manage your speech more effectively and improve how you communicate.

This form of treatment will work best for those with a neurogenic stutter as the therapist will be able to work beside other health professionals involved in your care plan.

For those affected by medications, it may not always be possible to find a suitable alternative medication therefore, self-study or help through referrals will help you improve your speech.

A psychogenic stutter, although rare, is still a problem that requires adequate attention to rectify.

The best course of treatment for anyone who stutters is to learn coping strategies, and techniques to control your speech, and breathing.

The more you can exert control over your breathing and speech pattern, the better a position you’ll be in to regain fluent speech.

The Support Available

For those of a mature age, and even teenagers, when they find they’ve developed a stutter later in life, their lives are tossed into a world of chaos.

Unlike those with a developmental stutter, who received the help they needed early in life, mature adults often don’t know how widespread the speech problem is, and thus, don’t have access to the fundamental support groups.

There are a number of forums online you can join to speak with people with similar problems, and groups on social media platforms.

The first place to start is with an understanding of your speech, the elements that affect it and what you can do to correct it. When you understand what’s happening under the hood, you’ll be able to apply the mind tricks that force your brain to fuel your communication, without encountering a stutter.

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