A new imaging study of the brain has confirmed a link between stuttering and attention and emotions such as anxiety. According to the research, certain nerve tissues "seem to not have developed properly" in the brains of people who stutter.
As the head of The Stuttering Foundation points out, this is not a new finding, but a new way of viewing it. Most important, she indicates that parents shouldn't give up and think that their "child is stuck with something ... because we know with the plasticity of the brain, there's a great deal of hope." Hence, she stresses the importance of early intervention.
Joanne Summer, MA, CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist based in Morristown, NJ, has helped hundreds of children improve their speech sound production and language skills. She founded Well Spoken Speech Therapy, LLC, in 2014 after spending 12 years providing therapy to children (K-5) in the New Jersey public school system. In private practice, her clients also include younger children and adolescents. In addition, she treats people of all ages who stutter or otherwise find it difficult to speak fluently—an area in which she has received extensive specialized training.