About Stammering

Stammering is a communication impairment affecting 8% of all children and 1% of all adults across all cultures in the world. Stammering comes in many different forms, often changing from one moment to the next, one day to another, and from person to person, making it difficult to understand what is happening to you or your child. Starting in early childhood, a stammer often develops between the ages of 2-5 coinciding with the rapid development of new physical and mental skills. Often a child will grow out of their stammer beyond their pre-school years, but many do not. But don’t panic, there is help available and it is best to seek help as early as possible in order to receive appropriate support in tackling a child’s stammer.

In the following pages we intend to provide you with as much information as possible to answer any questions you may have about stammering. Should you require further advice, please visit our Contact Us page and get in touch through our Helpline run by the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children.

Stammering facts

The most recent research indicates that 8% of children will stammer at some point and approximately 1% continue to stammer into adulthood.


Looking for advice on how to manage your stammer? Or do you need help supporting your child? Please read our Tips section for more.


We understand you will have many questions concerning yours, or your child’s, stammer. Please read our FAQ’s to find the answers to our most common questions.

Case studies

Read case studies from children, young people and parents about the support they have received through our services.

Stammering Facts


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