International Stuttering Awareness Day is observed annually on October 22 and aims to shine a helpful spotlight on stutterers and educate the public about the causes thereof. Stuttering, a communication disorder in which repetitions or abnormal stoppages of sounds and syllables break the flow of speech, affects about 5% of children, and can have serious impacts on their development, in particular if they avoid speaking due to feelings of embarrassment and frustration. Melanie Landman, a Speech Therapist in Windhoek, told Future Media News that the 1% of adults with a stutter are not immune to those feelings either.