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Frequently Asked Questions and General Stuttering Info

question markStuttering is an involuntary and debilitating neurologically based communicative disorder that afflicts 1% of the population. In the United States there are over 3 million people who stutter.

Stuttering often causes breakdowns in communication, which lead to negative emotions. Over time, these negative emotions can impede normal communicative functioning and place barriers on social, educational, and vocational aspects of life.

Currently there is no known cause or cure for stuttering. However, with appropriate strategies, stuttering can be managed effectively to minimize its negative impacts.

The UT Stuttering Treatment and Research Center provides individualized therapy aimed at improving communication, reducing the emotional impact of stuttering, and promoting more fluent speech.