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Question #1423 posted on 11/13/2003 4:02 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I stutter & slur my speech sometimes. Is there anything I can do to correct this problem?


A: Dear NKOTB,
I suggest checking out several organizations that are dedicated to helping individuals overcome speech impediments. Both the Stuttering Foundation of America (http://www.stuttersfa.org/) and the National Stuttering Association (http://www.nsastutter.org/) have convenient and informative websites with self-help information. Three million people in the US stutter, which is one percent of the population. But about twenty percent experience disfluencies sometime during their lives. Although many people can improve their speech through a self help process, more extreme cases may require speech therapy. This is usually more effective when taken earlier in life.