By Punjab Optical House, Speech Therapy
Stuttering or Stammering is a condition where one can find difficulty in speaking fluently or with a continuous flow. There is no medical treatment for such conditions, but working with a speech therapist can really help improve stammering. One will have to practice on a daily basis with several strategies to help cure this condition. There are also electronic devices which help to stop stammering permanently. Some people can benefit from a stutter device, called Speech Monitor, which is fixed and attached to the outer part of the ear. It alters sound frequencies and uses feedback to help a person in regulating speech.
● A person who stammers will only find difficulty with certain words or sounds of the words.
● A person can make a long pause while speaking a word (blocks).
● A person can make sounds of certain words extended (prolongations).
● A person can make repetition of a word or a part of it.
Quick Tips to Stop Stammering
The following techniques can be followed to quickly stop stammering in everyday situations.
These techniques should be practices on a regular basis.
Focus on Breathing
● Before any kind of interaction (social/speech), try to relax and breathe.
● Practicing a deep and mindful breath helps reduce blood pressure by increasing the intake of oxygen and this certainly helps in improving the stammering.
● Always focus on keeping the rate of speech slow and remember to give pause between sentences and words.
● Persons suffering from Stammering are always conscious of it and also anxious about it. Continue taking deep breaths while speaking in order to keep anxiety under control. Avoid Certain Words
● A person can make a note of words which he/she finds difficult to speak and try to find an alternative for such words. This would automatically reduce stammering.
● Keep practicing those trigger words which will help in improving the stammering.
Speaking with Rhythm
● People believe that singing helps in stuttering. This is partly due to the smooth and controlled rhythm of words.
● Before speaking, imagine the words and try to sing. Practice it and bring rhythm to speech.
● Anyone feeling nervous about speaking should try to imagine their words before pronouncing them.
● This will help a person feel more confident and strong enough to present in front of anyone.
● According to research in 2015, a person who visualizes his words or speech improves the fluency of speech.
Use Body Movements to Calm Nerves
● Transferring anxious energy into careful body movements can help reduce stammering.
● A person can benefit a lot by making movements and using hand gestures while speaking.
By practising all the techniques and working on them for a long term will definitely help overcome the stuttering. With patience and practice, most people help reduce the frequency of stammering. For serious conditions, consult a speech therapist who can help manage stuttering. By carefully examining the person, a therapist can tailor their sessions to individual needs.