International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) 2019: History and Significance of the Day Dedicated to Stammering
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Stuttering, also known as Stammering is a common speech disorder. Every year, October 22 is celebrated as International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) since 1998 with an aim to raise public awareness. Over one percent of the world's total population have the speech disorder. However, their problems are just restricted to the speech disorder but, in fact, also pave the way to more than one psychological issues. Stuttering occurs when involuntary repetitions disrupt the flow of speech and/or prolongations of sounds. There different types of stuttering based on the repetitions of either syllables, words or phrases. Some people who stutter also experience involuntary silent pauses or blocks when they speak, sometimes ending with an inability of producing sounds. How Hrithik Roshan Helped Sameera Reddy Overcome Stammering.

Various events take place to observe the day. Usually, ISAD includes an online conference that runs annually from October 1 to 22 each year. These conferences are targeted at people with an interest in stuttering. These are also meant for speech-language pathologists. The conferences, held every year since 1998, are all still available online. How to Stop Stammering; 6 Tips to Manage the Speech Impairment.

History and Theme Of International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD)

The October 22 observance of International Stuttering Awareness Day is being observed since 1998. The day aims at increasing public awareness of stuttering, also known as stammering. The speech-disorder affecting over one percent of the total world's population has been known to have effects more than just on the speech. Moreover, depending on the type of stuttering, the treatment also varies.

Significance Of International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD)

About 5 percent of children between the ages of 2 to 5 will are said to develop some stuttering during their childhood. While some overcome it, for some it may last for many weeks or years. In adults, social anxiety and stuttering are known to be linked. There can be various other reasons for stuttering. However, awareness about the health condition is very low. Many people having the speech disorder, become victims of bullying. For some, bullying may even cause bigger issues such as depression.

It is very important that we as a society work towards breaking the stigma attached to stuttering. We must make our groups more inclusive and welcoming for the people who stammer.