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My grandson age 18 has severe stuttering since birth possibly due to brain bleed. He has a high vocabulary but great difficulty getting the words out. When he talks to himself he doesn’t study. Any thought or help greatly appreciated
Hi @nancywandamoore. I’m sorry to hear about your grandson and I understand this must be very tough on you both. I found some information about stuttering that goes over possible treatments; I hope you find it useful: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/stuttering/basics/treatment/con-20032854
I also wanted to connect you to the Stuttering Foundation of America for additional support and resources: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/stuttering/basics/coping-support/con-20032854
Has your grandson tried any treatments like speech pathology?
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My grandson reads out loud and does not stutter. He can sing without stuttering. My daughter thinks it is brain damage. He had some brain bleed at birth – weighted 1 1/2 pounds and hospitalized 2 years first sent home at 6 months without oxygen for two weeks then put back in the hospital with oxygen again for 2 more years. Any help?
Interesting @nancywandamoore that your grandson is able to sing and read to himself without stuttering, but is challenged when having to speak with others. You may find this fact sheet from the Stuttering Foundation about stuttering useful http://www.stutteringhelp.org/faq. They also have a helpful article about Why Go To Speech Therapy http://www.stutteringhelp.org/why-go-speech-therapy
What speech therapy has your grandson tried?
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Your grandson’s stuttering may have been caused by brain damage but chances are, it’s a coincidence that he also stutters. Does anyone else in his family tree stutter? If so, then it may be genetic as current research shows compelling evidence of genetics being involved.
No matter the cause, what is important is your grandson’s quality of life. And as a person who stutters myself (I also produce a lot of digital content about it), I can attest that your grandson is living in an age with A LOT of stuttering communities online. Along with @aliskahan‘s recommendations, I’d also suggest introducing your grandson to the National Stuttering Association http://www.westutter.org/ (I attend their conferences and they are a lot of fun) and/or FRIENDS (http://www.friendswhostutter.org/). There is a lot of misinformation about stuttering online but these three are great, reputable sources. He isn’t alone in stuttering and he can certainly live a full life and do everything he wants to do in spite of stuttering. It’s not how you say something, it’s what you say that is important! Those two organizations (and the Stuttering Foundation) provide positive role models of all ages.
As for being able to sing and read a lout without stuttering – this is very common since, as I understand, those two involve a different part of the brain that doesn’t deal with communication.
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Thank you so much. When Brady was 4 he was in a speech class where the teacher tried to get him to talk by making him walk on his hands. I witnessed this and the school system let the speech teacher go. I have wondered if this had anything to do with the stuttering . Can you recommend someone to evaluate him. No one my daughter has taken him to has helped. They say it is brain damage from being without oxygen yet he has a great vocabulary. Thank you
Walking on his hands? It’s good that the school let that therapist go. Unfortunately, stuttering can be challenging to treat since not all therapies work for everyone. There’s no one size fits all method. Speech therapy isn’t a cure for stuttering but it a way to learn how to control your stuttering as best as you can.
You can check with ASHA, it’s the American Speech and Hearing Association. They should be able to recommend someone in your area. I sure the Stuttering Foundation, the NSA, and FRIENDS, can also. The NSA have chapters all over the U.S. with support group meetings. That could be a great place for word-of-mouth recommendations.
Thank you for your response and information. This is a good web site . Please pray that We can find the right help for Brady.
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@nancywandamoore, how have you and Brady been doing? Have you tested out any of the tips that were suggested by the community on this thread, or noticed any improvements?
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