For the last few months, we have been collecting responses to a survey looking at what people who do not stutter know about stuttering and how to properly interact with individuals who stutter. Thank you to those of you who helped to solicit non-stuttering survey participants! On social media, we loved seeing the dialogue this started for many of you and your non-stuttering friends, loved ones, and colleagues. Below are the answers.
1. What do you think causes most stuttering?
Research has shown that developmental stuttering has a neurologic basis, caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Simply stated, genetics can pre-dispose a child to stutter, and other environmental influences (including normal demands of learning language) act essentially as a trigger. It is possible to begin to acquire neurogenic stuttering after a stroke but this is far less common that developmental stuttering.