How to stop stammering

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 How to stop stammering

Stammering is a speech disorder that is characterized by interruptions and pauses that affect the flow of speech. Words may be repeated or prolonged, and sometimes followed by physical exertion such as rapid eyelid flapping or trembling lips. Stammering can affect all age groups, although it usually occurs in boys.

Limit the effects of Stammering 

Consult a doctor or a speech therapist. 

Speech and language therapists and health care professionals can help you or your child reduce the effects of stuttering. This disorder is best treated as early as possible, as it may be difficult to treat later. If you notice any of the following symptoms of stuttering, contact your doctor:
  • stuttering that develops in adulthood
  • muscle contractions or visible difficulties in speaking
  • if your stuttering affects your professional and social life and your living environment
  • any stuttering that leads to fear, anxiety or loss of self-esteem must be treated
  • a stutter that has lasted for more than six months
  • if the stuttering occurs in the same way as other speech disorders
  • if you notice that your or your child's stuttering is getting worse

Practice to check your language ability. 

Speaking quickly or in a hurry can affect the number of times you will stutter during a conversation. By speaking calmly and slowly, a person can know exactly what causes stuttering and when it happens.
  • Speak simply and slowly. Try to pronounce monosyllabic words one after the other. Make an effort to pronounce each word clearly before moving on to the next word.
  • Control your language as you speak. Looking for words or mental states can cause stuttering or make it worse.
  • Don't be afraid to take pauses or silence when you speak. Move at your own pace as you practice.
  • Practice the words that are causing you problems.
  • Gradually increase the length of sentences and words. Over time, you will work to insert difficult words into your language.

Ask your doctor for advice on electronic devices to reduce stuttering.

 Today, there are two types of devices that can help you cope with stuttering problems. Some of these devices are small and can be worn throughout the day.

  • One of the devices plays your voice back into your ear, but at a slow pace. This slowness causes you to slow down your speech, which helps to reduce stuttering.
  • The other method consists of putting your voice in unison with that of your audience. Hearing your own words in this way can also help reduce stuttering.

Consult a specialist in cognitive-behavioural therapy.

 By applying the exercises and techniques of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a stutterer can learn the mental conditions that may be at the root of the stuttering problem. Another benefit of this treatment is that it can help reduce the stress, anxiety or self-esteem problems that can arise from stuttering.

Relax when you talk.

 Taking your time and saying what you have to say can help reduce the effects of stuttering. Take your time when you speak and try to be as calm as possible.
  • Don't always change your words or what you want to say.
  • Take your time and say the words you want to say.
  • Relaxing and reducing the anxiety of speaking can reduce your stuttering.
  • Don't force yourself to say your words. Instead, say them at your own pace. If you force your words, you will find it hard to say them.

Discover the main causes of your stuttering.

 There are three known causes of stuttering today. The two main ones are genetic and neurological. The third, and rarest, is psychogenic.
  • Genetic stuttering occurs very early in children when they learn to speak. The majority of children show some level of stuttering as they grow up, but this problem will persist in others. There is also evidence that this type of stuttering is genetic and may be hereditary.
  • Neurological stuttering, on the other hand, can occur after serious medical problems such as head trauma or stroke. The connections between the language areas of the brain and the muscles that are used when you speak are disconnected and weakened.
  • Psychogenic stuttering is caused by exposure to an emotionally traumatic event.

Talk with a stutterer

Don't finish the stutterer's sentences. 

When talking to a stutterer, you may be tempted to finish a sentence for him or her. This can be very frustrating. Avoid interrupting or finishing what you think the stutterer is about to say.

Stay calm.

 When talking with a child or adult who stutters, make sure the discussion is calm and relaxed, which can be very helpful. Talking softly without being rushed can help both of you communicate without pressure, while at the same time reducing the effects of stuttering.

Participate actively in a discussion.

 When talking with a stutterer, give him/her the same attention and care as you would in any conversation. Focus on the speaker, make real eye contact, and demonstrate good listening skills as he or she speaks.

  • Do not assume that you already know what he or she means and do not assume that it is important.

Accept children who stutter and praise them.

 If you speak with a child who stutters, never criticize or be frustrated by their stuttering. Treating a stutterer poorly will only lead to problems with confidence and self-esteem development.
  •  Praise children who stutter when they speak clearly. Do not criticize or punish them when they stutter.
  • Accept them as they are by providing support and encouragement.

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