George Washington, Issac Newton, Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Priestly - ever wondered what they had in common? All of them suffered from a similar disorder, called stuttering. Alalia syllabaris, commonly called stuttering or stammering, is a speech disorder wherein there is a disruption in the continuity of speech. There are brief periods of ‘blocks’, characterized by hesitation or pausing before speech and also the prolongation of certain words (mostly vowels or semi vowels). The severity of this disorder may vary from a mild stammering to severe disruption of speech. The problem is also associated with decrease in the confidence level of the person, low self esteem, nervousness and even anxiety at times. In fact, many a times, the degree of stuttering depends on the level of anxiety suffered by the person.
Contrary to the general opinion, stuttering has no connection with a person’s level of intelligence or astuteness. The examples of known personalities who have suffered from the problem illustrate this fact. Although, the exact etiology of this condition is unknown till date, a number of hypotheses have been indicated by recent research in genetics and neurophysiology. It is estimated that 5 out of every 100 people in the world stutter (i.e. around 5% of the population). Thus, it can be seen that the condition is quite common among the masses and there is no serious threat or problem associated with it. The only side effect is that stutterers are very self conscious and tend to avoid social gatherings, public speeches and parties. However, the problem is not incurable. In the following lines, we have listed tips on how to treat stuttering, just for you.
How To Overcome Stuttering
- The first and foremost step to treat stuttering is the correct diagnosis of the condition. Many people confuse stuttering with simple speech disfluency, which is very common in young children and sometimes in teenagers as well. However, it is not permanent and gets cured as one gets older.
- Once the condition has been diagnosed accurately, proper treatment should be given depending on the cause.
- In many a cases, it is seen that stuttering is associated with abnormal breathing patterns. In this case, you need to learn proper breathing techniques to the person. This requires intense focus and regular follow-ups.
- In today’s age of technology and advancement, certain software programs have been developed, which when installed on the computer, help a person gain control over his stuttering.
- An important step in curing stuttering is to improve your level of confidence and self esteem. You should believe in yourself and follow the principles of determination and sheer will power. Say to yourself that you can get over the problem and make it a habit to practice regularly, in the correct manner.
- One of the best known ways of curing the condition is by opting for speech therapy sessions. This is often associated with relaxation techniques and modified breathing techniques. However, if the underlying cause is neurological, these traditional techniques will not help cure the condition and medical help will be required.
- For many people, the amount of stammering is proportional to the level of anxiety. In such cases, try to create an environment where you do not feel any stress or pressure. If you are allowed to speak at your own pace, in an unhurried manner, you may be able to reduce your stuttering to a considerable level.
- A supportive family also plays an important role in helping treat this condition. The family members should always try to be patient and participate in the daily practice sessions of the person.