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Imagine me having a website! I’ve been a speech therapist for 40 years and I stutter. I never grew out of it so I became a professional! That idea of ‘growing out of stuttering’ is an often- heard sentiment. Young kids do grow out of stuttering in the sense that the brain of the very young child who is displaying speech disfluencies is characterized by its plasticity, that is changeability, or its ability to ‘change for the better’. Neuronal pathways are not ‘set’ yet and therefore can change anatomically and physiologically in time with further development so that the production of normal speech fluency can be established. What does this mean? It means that the three components of speech, respiration, articulation and phonation are synchronized. The brain is successfully guiding motor movements, the speech musculature, so that specific speech muscle patterns are coordinated. This is an unconscious phenomenon. Kids don’t consciously learn to speak, but are able to do so when maturation occurs as the speech apparatus operates to express the thoughts that the language represents. We now know that the etiology or cause of stuttering is physiologically based. When the central neurophysiological anomaly in the brain is active it […]