Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Fox2Now Hosts Center's Chief Speech-Language Pathologist on National Stuttering Awareness Day
As part of October's National Stuttering Awareness effort, the Center for Hearing and Speech is working to educate the St. Louis area on the truth about stuttering. This weekend, Chief Speech-Language Pathologist Gina Cato discussed with FOX 2 that stuttering is often surrounded by a number of misconceptions.
People stutter in many different ways. For example, while some people repeat sounds while talking, other individuals who stutter have silent blocks that cause hesitations and gaps in their speech. Society has developed a stereotypical perception of stuttering, Cato explained, and this misunderstanding can often lead to a misdiagnosis from the public. In the end, it is important to remember that stuttering is simply the disruption of fluent speech. And no matter how an individual may stutter, individualized treatment is available to help overcome these obstacles.