Stuttering: How do you know when it's a problem? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/12/10

Stuttering: How do you know when it's a problem?

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By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – You might be surprised to hear what common problem was shared by Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe and now James Earl Jones, stuttering.

This is National Stuttering Awareness Week and there is no cure, but many have learned to manage that speech problem. So, how do you know if you just stumble on words every now and then, or if you have a true stuttering problem?

"Stuttering is when a person has, when they do it uncontrollably on a regular basis and usually they repeat individual sounds like mmmmm my name is and that's not the same way that you and I trip up," said Jim Dembowski, Ph.D., a Professor at TTUHSC's Department of Speech and Language Pathology.  "So that's when it becomes a special problem."

Texas Tech is offering speech and language camps this summer to help children in need learn better communication skills.  For more information on those camps, call 743-5678.

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