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What causes stuttering?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Stuttering can be caused, in rare cases, by psychological rather than physiological challenges. However, stuttering is more commonly attributed to head trauma, developmental challenges, or genetic predisposition. Scientists believe that three genes are particularly linked to persistent stuttering. Stuttering is most commonly caused in children as they are learning to speak. When it does not go away on its own, it can often be treated with speech therapy.

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