In most of the cases, stammering develops from an early age (from 3 to 10 years). Neither does it start by birth nor is there any physical defect. A child learns to speak normally first and then may start to develop stammering. A number of factors are responsible for its occurrence, some of which are given in the previous section what-causes-stammering. When a child begins to stammer, the family members and others draw the attention of the child to it and make the child conscious of his disfluency. The child, at this stage, is not mature enough to deal with this sudden problem and the constant awareness of the difficulty makes it even worse. Different advices and guidance from an array of people makes the child confused as to what to follow and what not.
The child feels guilty and helpless if the parents are over-anxious, sad and dejected. The problem gets triggered if they discuss these problems in front of the child. So the child starts hiding it by avoiding, substituting, hesitating and the confidence level dips down gradually. There is a lack of co-ordination between thought and speech as the child is battling in his mind to cover up his problem. Fear, nervousness and tension develop with the constant anticipation of blocking. Slowly the problem becomes so acute that the child becomes branded as a ‘STAMMERER’ for life.
Naturally depression, dejection and inferiority complex encircle the child. Being small, they are unable to express their feelings. They want to express so many things but pulls back because of the fear and anticipation of problem.
All these things which start in the childhood continue to be a lifelong problem. But you don’t have to suffer any more because stammering is completely curable at any age.