Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Stuttering
Many conditions can affect speech. In order to diagnose
stuttering in your child, the following conditions
will need to be ruled out as the primary cause:
Normal disfluency. This form of stuttering
naturally resolves on its own, usually before
Hearing problems. When a child
does not hear well, he or she may not speak normally.
sensory deficit. These problems can prevent a child from observing and
practicing various aspects of speech. For example, a child with poor eyesight
may have trouble recognizing body language or how words are formed.
Speech-motor deficit. Some children have speech irregularities due
to nervous system or brain development problems.
Sometimes stuttering occurs along with another condition. In
these situations, a health professional will try to determine whether
stuttering is the primary or secondary problem. The following are speech
problems that may be confused with or occur along with stuttering:
Cluttering. Speech is sporadic, fast, and jerky.
Some slurring, irregular phrasing, pausing, or absence of syllables can also
occur. The speaker usually is not aware of the problems.
Example of cluttering (spoken quickly and
slurred): "I have muh-muh—ti-ti-time—money for a scoo ... uh ... thing you eat
that's c-c-cold ... ice c-c-cream."
Example of developmental
stuttering: "I have muh-muh-money for a scooooop of iiiiice cream."
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