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International Stuttering Awareness Day: Early detection and prevention is most helpful
On Sunday, across the globe, International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) was observed by speech therapists, language teachers, hospitals, NGOs, and institutes and groups of differently abled people.

The observance was marked by public awareness events, media campaigns, articles, news stories, educational activities and sharing of online resources related to stuttering as a speech disorder.

The theme of this year's is "A World That Understands Stuttering". The Stuttering Foundation has urged the world community to educate people about the complex disorder of stuttering; work toward the prevention of stuttering in children; let people know that help is available; and promote research to find the causes of stuttering.

The observance was launched in 1998 to raise public awareness about one percent of the world's population have stuttering or stammering as the speech disorder. The observance is supported by International Fluency Association and International Stuttering Association.

In the digital age, the observance of ISAD has included an online conference from October 1 to 22 each year to exchange the latest research and development with therapists, special educators, teachers, speech-language pathologists and their clients. The first edition of the on-line conference took place in October 1998.

In needs to be understood that stuttering is a common speech disorder among young children in which sounds, syllables, or words are repeated or prolonged, disrupting the normal flow of speech.

"Though stuttering as a speech disorder can affect people of all ages but begins most frequently among children in the age group of 2 to 6 years who are in the early stages of developing their language skills. Therefore, with early intervention and speech therapy with proper home support, stuttering can be mitigated or cured in a good majority of cases. There a need for awareness and promotion of the attitude of immediate consultation followed by remediation," said Dr Ganga Singh of READS-NGO who has worked earlier as speech therapist with a Jaipur-based hospital.

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