New Aid for Stutterers
Problem should be attacked early, experts say
(HealthDay) -- Stuttering is a problem that affects millions of Americans. But, with the right kind of help, the condition can respond to treatment, particularly if the treatment is done when the person is young.
According to an article from the San Francisco Chronicle, a new treatment has been added to the options available to those who stutter.
Called the McGuire program, it combines breathing techniques with psychological counseling and support groups. Health experts aren't exactly sure why stuttering occurs, but research has shown that people with persistent stutters have structural differences in their brain in the areas that are linked to language and speech.
Steps to solve the problem include consulting a speech pathologist, getting an evaluation and involving the family in a treatment program. The McGuire program, and other similar programs, aren't necessarily cures, but they can be effective ways to cope with the problem, the article says.
To find out more about stuttering, and different kinds of treatment, you can read this article from The Daily Apple. To find out more about the connection between Down's Syndrome and stuttering, you can read this information from the Stuttering Foundation of America.