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The Failure to Develop Many people stutter however people usually outgrow stuttering But it is not something that people just do for a short while to attract attention People who do stutter are actually really embarrassed by it and the attention they receive from stuttering and fear the next time that it will happen They will often avoid situations in which stuttering will be a problem Stutterers have no control over when they stutter or dont Contrary to the therapist in the novel American Pastoral stuttering is not an idea conjured up in ones head to gain attention It is not a psychological problem that comes and goes as one needs it or when it would be beneficial to a person Because the truth is a stutterer never finds it beneficial to have Research has shown that stuttering is one hundred percent physiological and not at all psychological The psychiatrist got Merry thinking that the stutter was a choice she made a way of being special that she had chosen and then locked into when she had realized how well it worked95 The belief that you will not stutter has no effect on your speech The anticipation of stuttering does not cause stuttering 5 Stuttering is a developmental disorder that starts in the early childhood and nothing Merry did could change that It develops at the same time as children learn grammar accents and other fundamentals of speech and language1 When children fail to learn speech breathing vocal fold control and how to articulate sounds1 that is when they develop disfluencies which can turn into stuttering or stammering If children do not learn these fundamentals at the right critical time it is difficult or impossible to learn later Children will develop these problems between the ages of two and six when development is most crucial Which is around the age that Merry developed the stutter in the novel Usually people will not develop
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