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International Stuttering Awareness Day 2018 – October 22

Stuttering is a communication disorder in which repetitions or abnormal stoppages of sounds and syllables - break the flow of speech. There may also be unusual facial and body movements associated with speaking. International Stuttering Awareness Day, on October 22, shines a helpful spotlight on stutterers and educates the public about the causes.


1. ​Nervousness

While nervousness my cause some to halt their speech, it is not a cause of stuttering.​

2. ​Shyness

Shyness may cause stutterers to speak less, but it is not an underlying cause of stuttering.​

3. ​It's just a habit

Stuttering is a neurological condition, not a habit that can easily be broken.​

4. Lack of intelligence

Lots of smart people have stutters. Stuttering is not associated with level of intelligence.

5. ​Bad parents

While bad parenting might make a child's stuttering worse, it is not the root cause of the stutter.

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