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    Saturday, January 29, 2011

    Stuttering may have "strong" genetic component

    While environmental factors and stress can play roles in stuttering, new research provides further evidence of a strong genetic component." Led by geneticist Dennis Drayna, PhD, at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers "have discovered the first genes linked to stuttering -- a complex of three mutated genes that may be responsible for one in every 11 stuttering cases, especially in people of Asian descent." "The takeaway message of this is stuttering is not a social or emotional disorder. ... It is not the fault of a bad parent, or unwilling child. It is a serious disorder and worthy of treatment."

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    1. That's not new; the Stuttering Foundation has had that on their web site and in their newsletter long ago. Dr. Drayna is one of their Board members. Even before the genes were identified, the Foundation had information about the fact that stuttering is NOT caused by parents along with tips for parents if their child starts stuttering.

    2. Good of you to remind people of something the Stuttering Foundation has been telling them for some time! I read all about Dr. Drayna's work in their newsletter and on their web site. You should have given as a source of information about Dr. Drayna, genetics and stuttering, and more.

    3. The SFA does offer great materials on stuttering, I have found some of their books helpful. However, there is nothing like meeting other people who stutter, and the National Stuttering Association (NSA) makes that happen. For 35 years the NSA, which is the largest self-help non-profit organization for people who stutter in the country, has connected kids and adults who stutter through local chapter meetings, workshops, on-line support groups and annual conferences in which over 600 people who stutter attend each year! Conferences have included such keynote speakers as VP Joe Biden, Arthur Blank (Owner, Atlanta Falcons), Adrian Peterson (Chicago Bears), Annie Glenn, John Melendez and John Stossel. To learn more, visit