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Stuttering
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     challenging words:    mmmother, prolongations, stutterers, cessation, repetition, effective, primary, politician, recovery, performers, despite, mute, unknown, infant, repeated, handicap
     content words:    Winston Churchill, Actor James Earl Jones, Vice President Joe Biden, Marilyn Monroe, Bruce Willis, Hugh Grant, Tiger Woods, Sir Winston Churchill


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Stuttering
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Stuttering or stammering is a speech disorder. It occurs when the repetition of certain sounds disrupts the flow of speech. Stuttering affects about 5% of the general population at some time in their lives.
 
2     Several important people have experienced stuttering problems. British politician Winston Churchill successfully overcame his problem with stuttering. Actor James Earl Jones was a stutterer as a child. He was so afraid to speak that he remained mute until he reached high school. Vice President Joe Biden suffered from stuttering as a child and into his twenties. He overcame the problem by reciting poetry in front of a mirror.
 
3     The causes of stuttering are still mostly unknown. Several theories have been suggested over the years. Many of them border on superstition. It was once believed that allowing an infant to look in the mirror or tickling an infant too much could cause stuttering. Some also believed that fear may cause stuttering. Still others believed it was due to imbalances in the body.

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