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Week-Long Speech Therapy May Improve Stuttering

Study Shows Brain Changes After Speech Therapy

Who Stutters? continued...

It may be a pediatric neurologist or a speech pathologist such as Melissa Wexler Gurfein. She is a speech language pathologist in private practice in New York City.

Stuttering is not always a chronic problem, she says. "Typically children between ages 2 and 6 will stutter. This is normal and is more prevalent among boys," she says. "If you are concerned, schedule an evaluation so a therapist can see how frequently it is occurring." Treatments exist, and vary based on age.

Christian A. Kell, MD, of Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, wrote an editorial accompanying the study, and he also stresses that help is out there.

He tells WebMD, by email, that "people who stutter should invest time in good therapy programs. There are lots of efficient speech therapy programs available that all focus on different aspects (breathing, way of speaking, rhythm, speech melody, speed) and change the way a person speaks."

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