Are there different 'types' of stammering? Does stammering affect everyone in the same way?

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Stammering affects everyone differently and it is important to remember that every child who experiences stammering is different. 

Here are a few ways that stammering might present or affect children differently:

  • A stammer can include a mix of repetitions of sounds and words, lengthening of sounds and getting stuck on words. These patterns can be different for each individual and can vary day-to-day and change as a person ages. 
  • There might be particular sounds that young people find especially challenging and find they are more likely to stammer on - children vary in which sounds they find more difficult than others.
  • Sometimes changes to a child's stammer happen at key moments in life such as going to school or getting a new job.
  • The stammer can also vary in terms of the impact it has on a person’s emotional and psychological well-being, and their reaction to the stammer. 
  • Children will often differ in which situations they find easier and more challenging.

There is also a difference between a ‘developmental stammer’ in children and rarer late-onset stammering or an ‘acquired stammer’ that can happen after a brain injury or traumatic event. 

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