Prevalence of Stuttering

So what happens to those who persist in stuttering (not insisting, but persisting)? –After stuttering onset, 80 per cent stop stuttering by age 12 without speech therapy. There are those who receive speech therapy in grade school who stop stuttering and of course there are those who stop stuttering without speech therapy. Why? Don’t know! The plasticity of the brain until age 12 or so lends itself to spontaneous adjustments that rectify the central neurophysiological anomaly in the brain that speech therapy can hasten. Those who do not experience the fortuitous central nervous system adjustment continue to stutter. This is called prevalence of stuttering, that is the number of those who can be identified as stutterers. The incidence of stuttering (those who start to stutter) is about 5 times higher, or about 5 percent of the population, which reduces to the roughly 1 per cent of the population by age 12, as described above. The persistent stutterers will continue to stutter for their lifetime, although showing variation in their degree of severity from day to day or from situation to situation. People who stutter (PWS), or stutterers, are not helpless, subject to the vicissitudes of their central fluency anomaly. That […]