Suffering from a stroke can cause stuttering.
But how does this differ to developmental stuttering, which normally occurs in children?
I wanted to find out about some of the distinguishing features, so I decided to do a little research on the material out there… An interesting article on the Stuttering Foundation of America website: informs us that:
- People who have suffered from a stroke (known as neurogenic acquired stuttering), are usually fluent before. Unlike Developmental Stuttering, here, it is a result of the triggering of the stroke.
- A person who stutters following a stroke can stammer on various parts of words and syllables. Whereas, Developmental stuttering is usually characterised with stuttering on initial sounds or syllables.
- A person with neurogenic stuttering after a stroke can also stutter when singing.
Speech therapy for stroke sufferers can include: slowing down speech rate, and working on maintaining a relaxed posture. Other information about neurogenic stuttering can be found on the website if you want to find out more.