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For Kids Who Stutter, Rhythm Perception May Be Key

HealthDay – Amy Norton

“Children who stutter may have difficulty perceiving musical rhythms, a small study suggests. Researchers say the findings could offer some clues to the origins of the speech problem — and even hint at potential therapies…However, the study does not prove that problems with perceiving rhythm actually cause stuttering…Around 5 percent of all children stutter at some point in their lives — usually beginning between the ages of 2 and 5…At one time, stuttering was viewed as an emotional problem, Grossman said. But researchers now know that children who stutter show differences in how their brains process language…the findings raise the possibility that “rhythm training” — including through music — could help some kids with stuttering.”(more)