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Stammering (stuttering) usually starts in childhood – between the ages of 3 and 5 – but most children grow out of it without any special treatment. About one in a hundred adults stammers. About 80% of adult stammerers are men.

Stammering can be very upsetting. In a study of more than 200 adults who stammer, more than 70% believed that their speech problem adversely affected their chance of being hired or promoted, more than 33% thought it interfered with job performance, and 20% had declined a job or promotion because of stammering (American Family Physician 2008;77:1271–6). While stammering, people often blink their eyes or jerk their jaw or move their head without meaning to, which perhaps makes it more embarrassing. 

Common sense comment

Why stammering occurs

Putting thoughts into words and then organizing speech so that the words flow well is a very complex task for the human brain. It is amazing that we do not all stammer. No one understands why stammering occurs, but a lot of research is being done to find out. It used to be thought that stress and negative experiences were the cause, but it has now been discovered that your genes have a big effect on stammering.

Stammering seldom occurs when a single word is being spoken or read, but it usually occurs at the beginning of a sentence or idea. Different parts of the brain deal with language processing and the formation of speech, and scientists are looking at the coordination between these processes. One study suggests that, in stammerers, speech formation jumps the gun before the language processing has been completed. Other researchers are looking at the roles of chemicals in the brain that transmit messages between brain cells.

How to help yourself

There are various ways in which you can help yourself. The British Stammering Association (see Useful contacts) suggests the following approach.
Define the problem. What do you actually do when you stammer?
  • Do you repeat sounds (s...s...s...supper) or syllables (
  • Do you prolong sounds (sssssssupper)?
  • Do you get blocked in speech so that you are unable to make any sound (s...upper)?
  • Do you close your eyes or rush through speech?
  • Do you try to avoid the word by changing it for another that is easier to say?
  • Do you give up speaking altogether?
You also need to consider what you feel about your stammer.
  • Do you think it is severe or quite mild?
  • Do you think it is holding you back in your social life or at work?
  • Is it better in some situations and with some people?
  • How do you feel when you stammer: embarrassed? annoyed? frustrated?
  • Do you get angry with other people, with yourself, or both?

Tackle the problem piece by piece. Having analysed your stammer, tackle it one element at a time, starting with something you feel you might be able to change. For example, you might take one sentence of your speech two or three times a day and make a special effort to say that sentence slowly and calmly. Do not allow yourself to rush or panic; when speaking more slowly, most people stammer less. Or perhaps you might try to concentrate on not looking away from people, or not closing your eyes when you stammer.

Do not try to hide your stammer. You have probably adopted some ‘avoidance behaviours’ to hide or avoid your stammer. The problem is that the more you avoid, the more you need to go on avoiding. If you are avoiding very successfully, you may be thought to be fluent by workmates, partner and friends, but you have to be constantly vigilant to maintain this fluency. Your stammer does not improve or go away because you hide it.

Try to reduce the number of times that you avoid saying a particular word or talking to a particular person or speaking in a particular situation. As well as experimenting with stammering more openly, you may find it useful to try to talk about your stammer to one or two people who are close to you. You will start to learn that people are not as critical as you thought.
Be aware of degrees of fluency. You may think there are only two possibilities – either you stammer or you are fluent. Watch and listen carefully when people are speaking on buses, on radio phone-ins, at home and in shops. Is everyone as fluent, concise and articulate as you imagined? You may discover that many apparently fluent speakers are, in fact, quite hesitant when speaking, and that there is not such a clear division between speaking fluently and stammering. You may then begin to accept that you do not have to be fluent all the time.

Treatment options

Speech therapy. You should get the help of a speech and language therapist, preferably one who specializes in the treatment of stammering. Your doctor can refer you, or you can get in touch with a therapist yourself. The therapy may be on an individual basis, or may be in a group. If you have already had speech therapy and feel that you were not helped, try again because therapy may have changed and you may have changed.
Echo earpiece. Some stammerers find they can sing along with others, and that their stammer is not as bad when they are with a lot of people all talking together in the same room. To reproduce this effect, an earpiece has been developed that sends out an echo of the user’s voice. It helps to ‘unblock’ the impediment to speech. According to the British Stammering Association, it helps some people but not all.
Don't hope for medication to cure the problem. Various studies have shown that drug treatment does not truly help.

If you are a parent and your child stammers

Stammering is quite common in the pre-school years. Although three out of four children will grow out of it, many authorities think that pre-schoolers who stutter should be treated. Therefore it is worth discussing the problem with your doctor. The British Stammering Association has a useful page on its website called ‘Stammering in preschool children – how parents can help’. If your child is of school age, you could tell his/her teachers about the special sections for teachers on the website of the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children (see Useful contacts).
It is important to provide an environment that encourages slow speech, allowing the child time to talk, because slow and relaxed speech can help reduce stammering. Gentle, non-judgemental acknowledgement of stammering may comfort a frustrated child, such as saying “That was bumpy” or “That was smooth” (American Family Physician 2008;77:12716). Here are 7 tips for talking with your child from the Stuttering Foundation (see Useful contacts).
  1. Speak with your child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently.  Wait a few seconds after your child finishes speaking before you begin to speak. Your own slow, relaxed speech will be far more effective than any criticism or advice such as “slow down” or “try it again slowly.”
  2. Reduce the number of questions you ask your child. Instead of asking questions, simply comment on what your child has said.
  3. Use your facial expressions and other body language to convey to your child that you are listening to the content of his/her message and not to how he or she is talking.
  4. Set aside a few minutes at a regular time each day when you can give your undivided attention to your child. This quiet, calm time can be a confidence-builder for younger children.
  5. Help all members of the family learn to take turns talking and listening. Children, especially those who stutter, find it much easier to talk when there are few interruptions.
  6. Observe the way you interact with your child. Try to increase those times that give your child the message that you are listening, and there is plenty of time to talk.
  7. Above all, convey that you accept your child as he/she is. The most powerful force will be your support, whether he/she stutters or not.

Helping a stammerer

  • Do not give unhelpful advice, such as ‘slow down’ or ‘take a deep breath’. Just accept that the person stammers.
  • Do be patient and maintain eye contact with the stammerer when he or she speaks.
  • Do not interrupt or finish words or sentences for the stammerer. This is frustrating for the stammerer and you may guess wrongly.
  • Concentrate on what is being said, rather than how it is being said.
Some of the information in this section is taken from a leaflet called The Adult Who Stammers published by the British Stammering Association.

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Wednesday, June 10th 2015


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Posted by Optional on 22/08/2017 at 07:42

I have this problem from 2nd standard,now i am studying degree. Stammering made my whole life as hell. I.stopped to speak even with my friends also.because of this i can't share my feelings and thoughts to anybody. It's so embarrassing.. When people started to tease me ,i completely stopped to speak with anyone.. I have a good communication skills but because of this it can't show it. I am struggling lot in life. I have almost 80 percent

Posted by Anon on 23/06/2017 at 04:37

I have been stuttering since I was a kid and it has always pushed me away from my friends and family. When we are talking together sometimes my friends tease or bully me

Posted by Ram on 23/06/2017 at 04:28

Hello everyone my name is ram and I have stammered since I was five years old. I have been affected emotionally due to it. As a result I am very frustrated. I remember at college, I would not be able to speak "YES SIR", usually i did not speak during roll call. I don't know what happens to me, suddenly I forget to utter specific words. I have to start my sentences by repeating the first word four times like seven seven seven seven eight nine otherwise sssssssssseven eight nine. Unemployment plus stammering then life become hell.

Posted by Optional on 17/01/2017 at 06:15

Hello everyone!!! I am 19yr old. Started to stammer from 6 yrs of age. As this probelm is affecting every moment of my life. I cannot be myself due to this. I cannot express my true personality my true emotions and feellings due to stammering. People assume me as an introvert or shy kid, but I know that I am not introvert, I also want to speak to everybody, share my experience, know their lives... I too love talking, but this stammering hold me back. Its better to be silent than to look funny. I know that I am a great leader but speaking is the main part and it holds me back from expressing my true leadership qualities. My personality is bold. I know that. But stammering makes me look funny. Please help god

Posted by Optional on 16/09/2016 at 12:03

I have been stuttering since childhood.Everbody laughs at me when I speak. This problem so embrassed me at every point of life.My mother and sister also used to teased me very rarely. My life is going to be very hard due to this problem. I have to struggle everyday because of stammering.

Posted by Optionaljeff sindani on 07/01/2016 at 12:22

my stammering effect has ocassionally caused many problems in my marriage life. something i think my better half hasn't understood me very well.i do substitute easier words to avoid difficulty ones, or i would say a very different sentence. this stuttering has made her not to trust me. she suspects me to be cheating on her. help.

Posted by Optional on 13/12/2015 at 04:01

I am having these problem from the age of 3..from 14 whole school life got sucked due to this..saying yes sir or present sir in the class or telling my name when someone asked is the worst thing i have ever gone through..please help dream is i am afraid that due to this it can't be possible..i avoid talking to peoples even when i have too much to talk to them..It occurs more when i am is affecting my life very badly..sometimes the feeling of suicide comes in my mind , but then i control one understands this..most of the times i live alone..lost in or thinking about something..please help me..

Posted by Robyne on 01/12/2015 at 04:40

Yesterday I watched an English virtual reality school show where one Indian boy had a dreadful stutter. His teacher had seen the film The King's Speech, so he got the boy to put earphoned on and listen to music he loved, played softly, and instantly that boy could read and speak well. The whole class and the teachers all burst out crying. Please trey this if you are not finding benefit otherwise. God bless you all, it is an awful affliction and it just isn't fair.

Posted by Av on 19/11/2015 at 06:26

Friends I'm suffering with Stammering.please give me suggestions for it.Stammering occurs to me mainly in three cases.1.when I'm speaking to unknown person , if I tensed and last one is when I'm unable to take breath . Please help me friends

Posted by zoha irfan on 13/11/2015 at 01:14

Hello my name is Zoha Irfan and I am a Pakistani and this stammering started when I was about 2 years as my dad's elder brother tortured me and scared me.everyone laughs at me and now I am so frustrated.When I was in 2 standard I raised hand to answer,and teacher told me answer,when I stood I stammered on the first word and the whole class plus teacher laughed at me and many like these happened and today I am in sixth standard. And my teacher rejected me for the reading competition as I stammer.please help.

Posted by Ruhul on 07/11/2015 at 07:19

Hello...i have faced it since i was five and now 23 years old.I am doing BBA on finace.I will have to finish 44 course for complete this course and also participate almost 44 know that presentation is a major part of study?I am afraid of presentation.What should i do?My carrer is going to hell.Even i think that i wont get any job for this problem.Last 2 years i gave up my study.In this spring,i have started again study.And i decide that anyhow i will finish my graduation.Actually i want to hide my stammering problem from know its make me funny to the people. You know what sometimes i feel that i am jokar and its better for me to join a comedy group. Now i am waiting for my last breath of my life.Till then i am trying to touch the sun.I never give up. Allah (Lord) plz dont give this problem to anyone. Guys pray for me.

Posted by confidence on 13/10/2015 at 11:48

I've had it since I was 4, now 15, and can speak two languages. It seems that when I switch from my native tongue to English, I speak way better. Also, when I read something I can speak properly - the same goes for singing (in English) The link between these is that we 'know' what to say when reading something as it's front of us, and we 'know' what the lyrics of the song are, thus why we speak better. If that doesn't help, I've found that confidence really boosts your ability to speak properly. A few months ago, I'd have trouble speaking to a shop keeper when buying fast food. But since then my confidence has really boosted and I can ask properly now. To boost my confidence I made my self esteem heighten, and particularly, when I speak I now speak louder and at a steady pace. It really does help me as I feel confident. Sometimes I start speaking quickly still though, thus I can speak quick for a certain amount of time before I start stammering. But the speaking loudly and confidence tip won'talways work. I have a classmate who stutters a lot, and by a lot I mean a lot. He speaks really loud, makes jokes, but stutters. He speaks quickly though which is probably the main problem. When he tries speaking slowly, you can still sense the bits of stuttering in his voice. It genuinely makes me sad when I see him stuttering, it must be embarrassing. In class I almost always put my hand up to speak, and 98% of the time speak fluently, mainly because I speak at a steady pace to allow me to think. However sometimes when there are certain people, even though I act confident I still can't speak. All together there's been a great improvements. For 3 years in school I'd stutter, although not as bad as the other dude, but now I speak more fluently but there's more room for improvement. In a drama performance when there is an audience, I barely used to stutter and spoke fluently, even when once I had to improvise a long scene. So again it proves that confidence is a major part of stuttering or not. However when it came to being recorded for a project, I couldn't pronounce some vowels like 'a' for always so I had to speak slowly and buy time, use a different word and then say always when I was ready. It was embarrassing since my mates were recording. Again, it's confidence. In front of a camera to be shown to people, my confidence is really low. Just remember to speak at your own pace, be confident, believe that you're the best and avoid speaking too fast.

Posted by Helper on 08/10/2015 at 09:06

dear sir, Don't be afraid ....this problem is nothing ..just concentrate on words that you can speak well..speak only that words and take time....always remember SLOWLY AND STEAD IS THE WINNER.....regards,,your Friend..

Posted by gerald on 29/09/2015 at 03:07

Am scared of this stammering of a thing, tot it wud ease off the older I grow but there are no signs of it wearing off. It rather increases sporadically. Worst case scenario, am a law student. I feel like I won't get a job because of stammering. I go like; c-c-c-c-c-cross c-c-country. It's so frustrating. I can do anything within my reach to remedy this... ******* ailment.

Posted by Mr.possible on 10/09/2015 at 08:37

all that u said happen to me. Bt nw am just taking it slowly to speak. And i can see that, am getting rid of it. Thanks for your helpful advice...

Posted by Azard on 08/09/2015 at 04:33

When i stammer my jaw lines only moving a side so am not being so social with others am already having an Speech therapy but i didn't think any improvement i got . When i speak i forget to toke slowly there is any trick to remember to speak to speak slowly ? when i speak slowly then i never get stammering . Is i can stop stammering forever ?

Posted by Jerry on 03/09/2015 at 05:20

Sometimes I stammer more, sometimes less. It much depends on how I feel, how I slept or who am I with and so on..But sometimes I feel like I got nothing to say, even though it´s not quite true, but this permanent awareness of my problem and trying to find the "right" words is I have a feeling like all people I speka to are not really interested in what I got to say, mostly because they jump into my´s quite depressing, even though it´s nothing compared to other things:)

Posted by Zac C... on 30/08/2015 at 02:13

when i stammer and studder it seams like i must sing or talk like an Italian with hand gestures i try to talk my mind and clear my thoughts but half the time its like my speech is falling down a flight of stairs

Posted by Optional on 24/08/2015 at 10:14

I have a problem of stammer plz give me a soln how to clear my voice

Posted by Owor David on 18/08/2015 at 10:21

I have to tap my feet on the ground, when it kicks in,sometimes i will lift my foot high and hit on the floor, i have this anger issue and I'm trying to manage it,like not always responding to annoying comments by others, but sometimes i want to talk back,but the words won't just flow and it can so frustrating. But I'm going to try out the tips you gave, hope it will help me, cos i try avoiding it to, it has more or less made me a loner. Thanks

Posted by sunil on 21/07/2015 at 10:10

I have dis problem since age of 17.. now currently stammering is a big problem of plzz help me to remove this disease

Posted by Audie on 12/07/2015 at 09:21

I stuttered very badly as a child, struggling with almost every sound and had to put up with the usual ridicule and teasing at school.(this was often done by insensitive teachers). I am now a teacher myself. I find I struggle more these days with the soft vowels, rather than the explosive sounds. I find that tapping a rhythm to my speech helps to start and continue sentences. This tapping is done either with my fingers, or feet. I may use a step motion to start off a sentence, then gently tap the tips of my fingers onto the tips of my thumbs, thus creating a prompt for speech. This usually works very well for me, tho, I find I still do have those "off" days, when I am stressed. At those times I resort to humor, often laughing at myself, to the bewilderment of my students.

Posted by Erica on 26/05/2015 at 09:52

I stammer, my dad does too so i guess its a gene thing. I need help because i think its a getting worse

Posted by Anonymous on 18/05/2015 at 09:54

please tell any medicine for me so that i cam speak properly.this problem was not from childhood it started about at age of plz help me.i never face any problem in singing only in talking.

Posted by Optional on 01/05/2015 at 03:10

Hello i have severe stammering problem i stay in city canton and state Michigan can any one please help me and guide me and suggest me a speech therapist and what ever will help me to over come this problem

Posted by mark on 24/04/2015 at 04:23

I am in class 11.. I didn't stammer at beginning but when I was 5+ ..I started to stammer ....but when I sing I speak properly without stammering (PLS HELP)

Posted by Optional on 19/04/2015 at 07:42

I had stammer from my childhood and now im 23 and my stammering is getting a big problem on me, coz i am doing a degree and. i skip all presentations and i fail subjects becouse of that. i dont know what to do.

Posted by manu on 17/04/2015 at 07:20

Hi friends, I used to speak fluently till my 8th std n suddenly stammering came to me n it affected me in such a manner I was unable to open mouth during my 11th n 12th stds n as a result I dint make any friends n same thing continued in 1st part of my degree also n as a result I was feeling embarrassed n then started to b calm inside n speak slowly, boosted my self as a result my confidence also began to increase n rit now my stammering issues have been improved by 30% n I hope d improvement continues to grow. Am saying guys thr is no immediate remedy for it but have to b calm inside, confident n look to have smile irrespective of situation. Just remember friends, v r humans n v can overcome anything. ...

Posted by Malkeet on 30/03/2015 at 05:44

I can sing a song without stammer but when I talk with my friends or with my parents or teacher or anybody I started stammering... plzz help from this. .. I begg u..pllz help me.. plzz ..... I tried myself to suicide .. but I can't. . Plzz help me... pllzz

Posted by demmy on 23/03/2015 at 09:10

its so helpful

Posted by Sambit on 17/03/2015 at 02:47

I too have the same problem. I realise that this problem is not a physical problem because when I speak infront of my parents or friends, I donot stammer. But when I speak infront of my teachers and strangers to whom I am not emotionally comfortable, I stammer a lot. For this reason sometimes I feel very depressed.

Posted by Elena on 14/03/2015 at 09:41

I m working presently.Its real embarrassing when i couldnt spell a word while in conversation with my colleagues.Also i cant ask questions sometimes becoz i cant speak dat particular word. words which require more stress (like starting with B,P,K, etc) are the ones i get stuck.i donot stammer while speaking a sentence,nly certain words.Also while talking over phone i often get stuck :((....please help with any ideas...Strange i wont get stuck with the same words with different people.Mayb dis is psychological due to my past experiences..

Posted by Optional on 14/03/2015 at 09:34

Hi! Me too facing this prob since ,i was in class 8 or so.I dint use to stammer as a child, but alas!:( I started in high school as far as I remember. I do not stammer in a whole sentence but some particular words(viz. starting with B,P,K etc )where stress has to be put in.this is real embarrassing specially when m with my colleagues trying to say something n i cudnt.Please help me in any way ...This is real frustrating.To some extend i tink it is psychological due to past experiences.

Posted by Shakir on 04/02/2015 at 10:29

Stammering problem from my born. I m born in critical conditions I fell lonely now no one love me no one like to speak with me I m 21 now I want a solutions in food

Posted by Mohit on 31/01/2015 at 05:43

I have stammering problem from last 10 years.. I don't have this problem from my childhood.. Actually my neighbors son he is also suffering from stammer. he is suffering from childhood.. I got stammering because of teasing him.. Daily i used to tease him.. because of these teasing i also start stammer.. :( :( why it is happen... I try a lot but nothing happens i don't get rid from this problem... :( pls suggest me what can i do. :(

Posted by Optional on 31/12/2014 at 11:09

I stammer.if i have to give a speech in our neighborhood, i run away to my aunts house. and i am doing this since 3 years.......

Posted by MMM on 19/12/2014 at 08:18

Nothing Is happened Wid speech therapy I have wasted lot of money and result is nill.........

Posted by Optional on 26/11/2014 at 04:04

my interview will be coming but i m passing stamming prblm so wat. can I do please tell me

Posted by Optional on 25/11/2014 at 03:50

I am a student..reading in class 12..I have stammering problem from the age 5+..when I speak with me alone,then I talk in appearence of someone..i blink my eyes nd am stammering also..I think that no girl will love me for this reason..please help me..please help me..please help me..sometimes I think about the plan to commit suicide..plz hlp me..

Posted by Stammer on 23/11/2014 at 05:24

I'm having this problem for 17 years. And day by day this problem is getting more disturbful. Sometimes, it hurts me soo much. I want to be free. PLEASE, help me..........

Posted by vaibhav on 29/10/2014 at 01:57

i am a engineering student. i am suffering from stammering from my childhood.sometimes i am unable to respond even to my attendence 'yes sir'.i can read book and sing songs without stammering but while taking i sufer from stammering. i am good in studies,but can't dare to speak in class. iam not doing good at viva .it s affeting my grades .i have only few friends here due to this .i remain silence most of the time.i just hate this stammering. please please help me

Posted by Optional on 19/10/2014 at 08:07

I am a stammerer , i'm always shy of talking to girls cause i am afraid i might stammer , i stammer at almost 3times in a line, i don't know how to stop it because its too embarrasing stammering in front of a new friend.. please is there a speech therapy here at Nigeria??

Posted by Optional on 15/10/2014 at 02:50

i stammers from childhood.... but by the tym pass it decreases... but now also i stammers in words starts from h... and cannot say present sir in attendance when i was in really embarrasing. cannot say hello on phone and personally . and also stammer when met with strangers.

Posted by RH on 18/09/2014 at 08:07

I have stammering from 3 to 4 yr, and I m a 3rd year student now, now I have a big problem to say 'yes sir' when teacher roll call in class, nd I have also problem to say my name when teacher/unknown person ask,,,,, What to do plzzzz any solution?????

Posted by Rex on 16/09/2014 at 03:53

There is to much love and depth in your words and hearts , wish i could heal your pain when all of we feel embarrassed , the only advice is to be calm and try to meditate for at least 20 mins everyday , peace and love <3

Posted by paul on 02/09/2014 at 05:44

Am also stammer but it very dificult for me to talk on phone and in society etc.But what I noticed is dat my parent are nt stutter,incase of this I was embrassed in everywhere.sometime if I want to talk too importance person I will be nt happy with situation.pls help

Posted by Optional on 01/09/2014 at 06:40

hi friends..dont warry.. when we are going to speak be cool,calm,relax....always think before going to speak...think positively act positively then only we will become fluent speaker...

Posted by Optional on 05/08/2014 at 10:08

It was very hard for me to beieve that i started when i was 5 or 6 years old.1st incidence i remember when i bought some chocolate from shop and suddenly i stucked on one word i did not know what was happenig even i did not know the word stammering.Being a girl It is really hard for me.i have also done speech therapy but it has come back again.i know lots of girl who stammer but for me it is really very hard to tackle this problem my big problem is that my mind always pinch me before speaking when i think that i will stammer before speaking then i stammer very has taken away my all dreams,expectations etc.Everyone says it is not a disease but no one knows why does it happen.i think it is a big medical mystry may be oneday doctors will find accurate cure for this not on the basis of speech therapy but on the basis of medicine or any other treatement.i think speech therapy is temporary cure not for all but for me.all knows it happens a lot when u r in tension or stress it is a physchological problem so try to be happy and Oneday God will make everything perfect and fine.i know it is difficult but be confident as u can ,try to be calm while speaking and always believe in God.God always with us.always be hopeful.

Posted by tony on 19/02/2014 at 03:47, India

i am a b. tech student from NIT . i used to stammer from my childhood.i usually stuck to words which begins with 12th for some days i was not able to respond even to my attendence 'yes sir'.i am good in studies,but can't dare to speak in class.iam not doing good at viva .it s affeting my grades .i have no friends here due to this .i remain silence most of the time.i just hate this stammering. please someone help me

Posted by JustMe!( Maths teacher) on 18/01/2014 at 01:53, Nigeria

When i was 6yrs old, i knew i stutter and i grew out of it, then my dad died when i was 14, the stuttering came up again this time severe, and to make things worse, i got admission into a teachers' college to study maths/comp. Science. I had no choice but to enrol since i love maths and programming (initially i wanted to study comp. Eng.). We were made to undergo several presentations in my department, and three times, i was made a group leader(that means talking much!) but i observed that the more i talk and see my words as an essential tool that my listeners cannot do without, the more confident i become. Now i am a mathematics teacher in a secondary school. During the interview, i really did stutter before the two interviewers, but at the end, i got the job cos of God's grace and also how i presented myself in a confident manner. So what have i learnt from all these: 1) stuttering can be eradicated in childhood, but in adulthood, stuttering can only be alleviated to a certain degree depending on your psychological and emotional attitude. 2) noone can live your life for you. Try as much as possible to come out of your comfort zone. Let people laugh, jeer, mock or even ostracize you, but they cannot hit you or take away your rights. Remember that you are a special personality. 3) whether you speak fast or slow, learn to speak bit by bit, and take a deep breath in the middle of your words. DONT EVER care how fast your listener wants you to speak pleeeaassss! 4) a wise man once said, "To be a warrior is not just a simple matter of wishing to be one, but a continous struggle to the very end of our lives. No one is born a warrior, in the same way that no one is born an average man, we choose one or the other". The struggle to eradicate stuttering is a life time struggle, not simple tips and tricks, or quick-quick solutions. So if you want to eradicate stammering from your life, then BE PREPARED FOR A LIFE-TIME SOLUTION. I still stammer, but i am not ashamed of it even as i take up challenging tasks. Also, i dont entertain sympathy or 'weak words' from people like 'oh sorry youre a stutterer...',etc. Finally, and above all, love yourself, for its only love that can conquer any challenge a man may face.

Posted by Robin on 05/01/2014 at 05:58

all i can do is, read these comments and cry becoz my life is also like all of yours. I pray ,let no others people face problem like ours.

Posted by Bikash karki on 11/12/2013 at 04:13

I am 25 yrs old and i stammer from my birth..I can sing & read books without stammering..but when i talk to other or talk in phone i stammer..I mostly stammer with the A sound words...

Posted by Optional on 29/10/2013 at 03:56

We all having stammering at home but the worse person is my middle son khethelo dlamini 12 yrs. what to do?

Posted by Optional on 01/10/2013 at 08:46

I only stammer when I have to speak in front of people I don't know. Like during presentations and group work at univ. I just hate it

Posted by Anindo Chatterjee on 10/09/2013 at 06:01

I think that I am fluent but I am most certainly not. Stammering sucks I am still struggling and don't think I will ever overcome it.

Posted by Optional on 02/09/2013 at 07:48

Very gud information provided.thanks 2 u pple

Posted by Amritansu Mitra on 28/08/2013 at 10:04

i stammer very often like more than 3 times in a single line. What should i do?

Posted by MNK on 23/08/2013 at 03:45

Actually in ma childhood i was astammer but as i was grewing up at the age of 10-15 it was very minor but now againn from last 2-3 ma stammers have grown up and now i feel frustrated or feel shy to talk 2 anyone including my relatives,friends,etc

Posted by smart on 10/08/2013 at 09:59

i am not able to pronounce or speak the letter 'R' clearly like that of other people..and my tongue also not vibrate..can i have any solution of it..any medical traetment or other options..??

Posted by Rob on 07/07/2013 at 06:27

Had a stammer all my life and have gone to speech therapy on various occasions with little success. Now I'm feeling life has passed me by

Posted by Zargham on 16/06/2013 at 07:45

Respected Sir I stammer. In severe cases i have a block and my jaw moves to say the word but i cant. Also i stuck in words that start with e,r.

Posted by Optional on 04/05/2013 at 10:06

I am suffering from the slammering from 6th class. Initially, it's a little problem but now it's increases . I have pursuing mba and i call for a gdpi but i am tensed for the cause of slammering. So plz. anyone sort this problem.

Posted by sachin on 24/04/2013 at 08:07

when i got nervous i stammer!!! when i used to meet new peoples i start to stammer but i dont stammer in front of my family,realatives and friends. My this problem is affecting my proffessional life. kindly suggest me a solution.

Posted by Pritpal Singh Munga on 14/04/2013 at 08:08

I used to stammer a lot during my childhood. Now i am taking speech therapy and it has produced good results in me. hope i will move to tackled it in 4-5 months

Posted by Optional on 21/03/2013 at 12:22

I stammer only when I speak to my father, uncle and aunt. I find out that I don't stammer when talking with my friends. I also stammer when addressing public. Stammering is really bad.

Posted by Optional on 06/03/2013 at 04:43

My father also having stammering problem... I am helpless... No budy in my famiy supporting me ... Is genetic stammering problem get solve????

Posted by amit on 25/01/2013 at 05:00

hi....recently i noticed that my stammering has increased frequently and on every word.i am 21.i am also having my campus placements going on and cannot do well in group discussion or can i cope up??

Posted by mukesh on 22/01/2013 at 03:55

i am also suffering from stammer. It also effect me more. Now i am going to get admission it get really bad concept of being stammer. Now i am afraid of my new life in with new people. What and how i do now to cure?

Posted by Anthony victor on 08/01/2013 at 09:11

Pls. I found it difficult when speaking. When ever i want to ask, or answer, or chat with people' there is these air that wil block my heart and my lungs, and my heart wil start panicking and i wil start stammering seroiusly. Pls i need solution for this problem. My life is been faustrated and embarrassed.

Posted by Jennifer on 23/11/2012 at 03:26

i am a stammerer. dis problem started as a child. now am at d university..we have group works and presentations and its realy an embarassing situation for me. how do i minimize or overcome dis problem?

Posted by jimmy on 19/11/2012 at 07:17

hey i am also suffering from this problem . but i found in my case this problem is psychological more than physical . if before speaking something you think you will stammer than you have already lost on your part :) please be confident in yourself. I know its hard , many times i screwed up in my team meetings but still having confidence to speak will improve you alot. and never avoid situations in which you feel you will stammer. go for such situations , let the people make fun of you .. but soon you will realise that you are improving . plus you can also hide this by speaking at less pace .. most of my college mates doesnt know that i stammer . if we can not cure ..than we have to learn to hide it and live with it :) all d best .

Posted by Tuhin on 17/11/2012 at 03:08

I think i try to hide my stammering, and speak very fast!! Which results, the other persons don't come to know what exactly m trying to say!! I don't jerk my head or another things but I'm dam sure, if i didn't had this problem i would have more successful in my college academic year!! Like Attendance!, Simple word like "PRESENT MA'AM" is like the word are stuck and don't flow at all A simple Seminar in college is like War for me, and which result in Embarrassment, I skip all public meeting i never go and speak unless the other person asks me Hardest thing is i'm dependent on my friends, which make me more depressed!! I would have got nice career, if i didn't had this Stammering in life :(

Posted by Daidrea on 26/10/2012 at 10:30

I've suffered with this problem for 7 years now and its so depressing. Moat of the time I just wish I didn't get a stroke, because If I didn't, I would never stutter. And my stutter is confusing. I stutter a lot when I have to do presentations, and if I just met someone or I don't know them quite well, I'll stutter randomly. I just stuttered to this guy today and I'm still embarrassed and depressed over it. But I won't stutter a lot to my friends, only a bit. Sometimes I just think that there's going to be no one for me when I'm older. :(

Posted by Optional on 16/10/2012 at 11:29

Still struggling after 45 years! It comes and goes though!

Posted by Optional on 08/09/2012 at 08:36

stammer is my biggest problem. i didn,t knw hw can i overcome from stammer.i love one girl a lot but i didn,t have the power to pproprose.becuase due to stammer.I am good in study......but when at time of viva in exam or communications skill exam at that time i really scareed and i stammer in front of each one and its really i didn,t has the power to face my friends.

Posted by kishor on 15/07/2012 at 12:03

Hi, I don't want to how it cause but I want to solution of stammering, because I have the interview section tomorrow give me the solution and my future also please replay me. Thanking you, Kishor P. Pawar

Posted by micheal.o on 04/06/2012 at 02:43

I need help pls,i stammer and this is so embarrasing to me.I am been posted anytime i go look for job,they tell me to drop my CV and keep on checking forever.i had a bad experience with my that employed me one time, the next day he fired me without giving me any reason. Am thinking of a vocational job so i can do my own business,pls advice on what i can do. Thanks.

Posted by rajeev kumar on 25/05/2012 at 07:07

i have a problem when talking. Specially when i must say the word comes from T. Example - tatoo, tatu, tari, tamer etc.

Posted by Guy on 28/03/2012 at 01:42

I stammered up to my 40s, being the worst when I was in the early teens when I had trouble with words starting with G and S. Unfortunately my name starts with G so that was very irritating when asked for my name. As time progressed my stammering problem slowly disappeared, with only an occasional stutter when I was excited or tired. Throughout my stammering life I became quite adept at avoiding certain words that gave my trouble which didn't help when I had to read out aloud. I sympathise with young people with this problem, leaning to speak slowly does help a bit. Singing in a choir was one of the best thing I did, I didn't have any problems while singing and that seemed to help me speak too.

Posted by sana on 23/03/2012 at 02:25

i am in 12th.i cant even speak or present a speech infront of others.pls help me

Posted by lasith malinga on 18/03/2012 at 03:38

i stammered only when i find smthng unfriendly situation,othrwise i am ok.when i stammer i just feel as if my chest and stomach have been very tight..i feel short of breadth.. I stutter lyk (sup ,sup, sup,supper)please help

Posted by henry on 15/03/2012 at 06:59

i have suffered this problem all my life and i have to confess it cost me a lot. People made fun of me in school and in turn i turned against God and my parents. I abused drugs and scored low grades in my final exams. I wasted my life, i wish i was wiser back then. My understanding relatives talked to me and they let me understand that my problem is not strange. I could overcome it only if i changed my attitude. I have since learn t to relax when talking to people and whenever i stammer i do not really care what others are thinking. Just accept that its part of life. What if i was,say crippled,blind,dumb or even worse,lacking in intelligence? Just accept what are,recognize that God put you in this life for other reasons,other than being out there talking rubbish. I am in university by the way,studying information science and i i have made friends with really smart understanding people. They do not laugh at me. They take their time to listen to what i have to say and i know that they consider me important when they approach me to help do something for them..So guys,just give your speech impediment a more positive outlook and avoid those dumb asses out there that make fun of you. You a missing a lot confining yourself in that room,pitying yourself. Remember, you are your what you're thinking you are,if you think you are unlikable,undesirable and lacking in life as i have read in some of the comments here,then perhaps its true...that is what u have decided to be, what can anybody do about it?

Posted by Optional on 14/03/2012 at 05:02

My grandson aged 28 months just started attending a nursery/ preprimary this year.He had started to speak a few words fluently. Since he joined the pre-primery, I noticed he started to stammer. The teacher confirmaed that a girl aged 3 in the group has a stammer. Can it be that my grandson picked it up and any chance it will stay with him or any therapy to help him/her. Thanks

Posted by Optional on 12/03/2012 at 03:33

I am so embarrassed each time I tried to say something. If I am asked to give my address, telephone number , or other simple information I stammer. I am scared to open my mouth. At times I would insert unnecessary words in my sentence, so it appears as if I don’t know how to construct my sentences properly. Sometimes I think I am complete failure. I need help!!!!!

Posted by zaib on 10/03/2012 at 10:12

i want to have surregry so that i may be able to speak nicely i do't want to face this problem

Posted by Addy on 02/12/2011 at 06:51

Am still suffering which make me back socially . I repeat again nd again nd finaly i face embarracment

Posted by Optional on 02/11/2011 at 06:52

I have this stammer that I'm very, very stressed out about. It seems to me that I can't interact properly with people other my family. Seeing the list of famous stammerers just makes me panic, because I know that at the rate I'm going, I'm never going to get that far in life. It isn't THE WORST stammer ever recorded, but it's costing me a lot of possible friends. I'm scared to tell a joke because I know it will probably turn out bad, and in any case won't be funny. My parents constantly berate me because I don't invite a lot of friends over, because I can't have a conversation with another person normally, and other things. Most people I meet think I have a problem, so they either hate me or pity me. Everywhere I go I am reminded that I truly have no life. Does anybody else have this problem, or think they do? It would really help me.

Posted by Amadin E. A on 02/11/2011 at 06:16

If you found out that you stammer don't feel forstrated control your words and if people provok you don't reat if you reat in that process you will stammer and don't speak with loud voice try to compose your words before you speak it don't keep quit express yourself i too stammer

Posted by Sid on 31/10/2011 at 07:34

Because of this disability i am failed in my life

Posted by abharana on 04/09/2011 at 04:56, India

i am a student of class 9 .i stammer severely wen im on stage n wen im reading loudly.but wem im talkin wid my frnds i stammer little i stammer words starting frm k,a,m,x....etc.i stammer even wen im alone .i beg of u pls help me .i need ur help really badly,im scared where it can effect my future........pls .......pls.......pls.......hlp me!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by mahwish on 29/08/2011 at 12:25, Pakistan

hello, i have problem of stammering .i speak very fast but my voice is not clear.therefore i got confused at the time of speaking . i have done master in appled psychology now want to work as a teacher but this problem create hurdle in my career i have this problem since my childhood . people do not understand my word.please help me and get rid of this problem

Posted by Optional on 24/08/2011 at 05:27, United Kingdom

Ive had my stammer for 7 years and it effects my grades in school such as english,spanish and french because I cannot read out loud,Ive had speech therapy for 7 months and they have said to my face that they do not understand why it is happening and they cannot help me any afraid that this will effect further exams,work interviews,asking for help in places like banks,even ordering my own food and answering the stammer is horrible and only really happens when im talking to my family and oral exams somebody help,the list of things above is really no help to me.

Posted by naveen on 17/07/2011 at 09:04, India

pls help stammering intrupt me in my interviews.people say me stammer tan i feel frustated.i stammer in sum sentance wich r strd frm s,c,f,k,t only.i stmr litle bit in frnt oe my frnd parents but when i talk to other i stamr a lot in every sngl world.hlp hlp hlp.

Posted by Apoorva on 28/03/2011 at 02:42, India

I'm workin now...have problem while speaking..cant pronounce the word like s,j,g,b..cant speak on stage.and when i'm wid my close friend i stammer less n when i'm alone with myself i wont stammer at all. Kindly please help me, i get embarrassed in front of my colleagues.I lack confidence..please do help me!

Posted by N.karthikeyan on 23/02/2011 at 04:55, India

i am an engineering student in a famous college of Chennai ,i know that my problem is stammer but i do not feel it until my completion of 12th standard though i struggled little on those days , but now i am in third year of automobile dept. i struggle a lot now , even i cant pronounce the letters like s , v , j ,r ,p ,w ,f like super, first , final ,java, good , like those ,please tell me how can i my improve and get rid of it. i cant speak on the stage .

Posted by Optional on 24/01/2011 at 07:16, India

My son is 4.5 years old and has stammering problem.The words also lack clarity.Please help me out...

Posted by Optional on 08/01/2011 at 04:06, United Kingdom

i dont stammer alot its not a worse situation it just happens cause i talk very fast and now what i say is starting to make no sense and some stuff comes out wrong . sometimes i cant get a word out at the start of a sentence i think that i might stammer or say it really fast.

Posted by salman on 03/12/2010 at 06:14, Pakistan

i am a student of class 10.i have talk with teaches and friends but my stammer did not allow me to speak but actually i stammer 60% in school and only 10% outside the school.this is my problem.i am not a stammer sinc childhood.sometime i can,t start a sentence.i am totally hang there and i stammer sometimes,not always.i can,t give a speech in front of my classmates.plz take me out from the big problem

Posted by Leys Geddes on 28/11/2010 at 02:58, United Kingdom

No, 1 in 100 adults stammer - but up to 5% of young children stammer at some time. Stammering is a symptom of a condition in which the brain's neural circuits for speech have not wired normally. And, as recently as February, 2010, researchers announced that three genes had been identified as a source of stammering.

Posted by sri kanth on 25/10/2010 at 03:46, India

iam srikanth from hyderabad,i have a stammering problem sinc my childhood. iam a engineering student.i stammer when somebody asks my name suddenly.i even stammer when my parents ask me something.i feel very scared and confused while giving a speech in front of my class mates.please help me out of this problem .

Posted by bubu on 24/10/2010 at 07:22, Pakistan

thanx for the guidance..

Posted by junaid on 17/10/2010 at 04:26, United Kingdom

With my family members I stutter a bit but when I talk on the phone or speak to my friends or go to cousins house I stutter very badly and some times I cant get my words out its like my brain freezes. When I was 9 years old and it started and now I am 26 years old and its like I have no life so most of the time I stay at home.

Posted by Rohit on 26/09/2010 at 08:29, India

This is really a wonderful article on this site about stammering....I have read so many of these on various websites but mostly are advertisement for their products and give misleading advices..But this one is true and really good for stammerers..Like I myself stammer and I have already known and experienced most of the things mentioned over here after years of stammering..So I know that these points are really good for you and it works..This might not cure your stammering as unfortunately we do not have a real CURE for it till date but if you know why,how,where,and how much you stammer,you do not even need a CURE.... If you know the above mentioned things,you will automatically find a way out for yourself..Yes..Times will be embarrassing,tough..but you have to cope with it as there are a lots of people who have a much much bigger problem..Think of a squint..who cannot even hide his/her problems like us...Also try to concentrate on your abilities..Believe in yourself...Believe in your strong points..CONFIDENCE IS THE KEY...If you have confidence in yourself you will automatically cease to stammer..and this worked for me as even though I still carry my stammering with myself,I really do not stammer like I used to do..This is because we also stammer because we are fearful of stammering on every occasion..This is not true at all..We stammer only on few occasions..Its only our fear that makes us stammer fact on every occasion..Try to be confident in front of others..Do not feel inferior to others at all as by stammering you are not harming are free to speak in whatever way you want...Also your close ones actually very well know that you stammer..So you do not need to hide it from them as if u do so you will actually stammer more..Also its a fact that you stammer does not bother anyone except us..People have no time to laugh about,think about or talk about it..Here are millions of people who stammer just because of their bad speaking habits not because of any physical problem like us..But those people are never embarrassed..So then why should we be?Their is no harm in choosing different easy words or different sentences if you are good at using them while speaking but face stammering with eyes into its eyes...If you do that then believe me stammering only exist in our minds...More than a physical problem,its a problem of the mind...Be confident and believe in yourself ..not in your stammering...There are thousands of successful people who stammer..So believe me stammering is not a hindrance in your path to success or growth!!Have a happy time..Bye..Rohit...


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Fascinating facts

More men than women stammer

There is a 20% greater chance of you stammering if a close relative has a stammer

There is no difference between stammering and stuttering; they are two words with the same meaning

People who stammer can usually whisper and sing without stammering, like Pop Idol Gareth Gates

Famous stammerers include Moses, Aristotle, Aesop, Virgil, King Charles I, Charles Darwin, Marilyn Monroe and Napoleon

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