Childhood-Onset Fluency Disorder, also known as Stuttering, is characterized by disturbances in speech pattern and fluency that is inappropriate for the individual. This is due to a neurological problem rather than environmentally-induced.
Symptoms can cause anxiety in children and are mostly absent during certain passive verbal communications (singing, reading aloud, etc).
Most of the children recover from stuttering by teenage years. Some may continue to have it in adulthood.
Age of onset is between two and seven years. More common in boys than in girls.
The focus of treatment is to decrease stress and tension in the life of the child. Working with family and teachers can help reduce tension from the environment. Regulated breathing can help with stuttering as it begins to occur.