Stuttering or more commonly known as Stammering is a speech disorder that makes the speaker repeat or prolong sounds, syllables or words, disturbing the normal flow of speech.
Almost all the people who have stuttering problems experience a lot of anxiety and inferiority complexes in their lives. But dealing with shuttering is not as big a problem as people think it to be. Changing your thinking, changing your actions and finally changing your behavior is the simplest and the basic remedy for dealing with stuttering. Successfully treating stammering does not only require the patient’s efforts but demands attention and efforts by the family too, especially the parents. This collaborative effort by the patient and family can work wonders in dealing with stammering.
Tips for dealing with stuttering:
We have compiled here a list of tips and techniques for successfully dealing with stuttering:
What parents should do:
- Try to provide a relaxed home environment to the child as stress, anxiety and social difficulties play a huge role in impairing speech. A friendly home environment encourages the child to express his feelings and speak more which in turn helps the child to have better speech fluency. Try talking to him when he is excited about something and has a lot to tell. Always take out time to have conversations with the child.
- Appreciate the child whenever he speaks with fluency even if some. Encouraging helps greatly in giving the child confidence and the feeling that he is doing right.
- Always take out time to listen to the child with patience. Do not make the child rush when he speaks and do not even let the child feel that you are in a hurry and he needs to finish quickly.
- Always let the child try and complete his sentences. Show patience and give the child the opportunity to complete his sentences or say his words himself.
- Do not scold or criticize the child if he stutters. This will make him nervous and conscious about about his speech and in attempting for perfection he will stutter even more.
- Last but not the least always show your support to the child and make him feel that it is okay to have a problem and that it can be solved.
What The Patient Should Do:
- Meditate and try to relax your mind as much as you can. Make your self believe that you can pull it up.
- Practice speaking with self-appreciation. Set attainable goals for anxiety control and pat yourself at the back every time you attain a goal for speaking a complete sentence without stuttering or speaking a difficult word perfectly.
- Practice speaking in front of the mirror, on the telephone, and in public eventually with confidence.
- Go easy when you stutter and do not panic or get nervous about it. When you panic the nervousness transfers to the listener which in turn makes you even more nervous making you stutter more.
- Have an optimistic approach about overcoming stuttering. Make yourself believe that you are capable of speaking perfectly and with some practice and control over your mind you can speak with perfection.
- Face the fear of stuttering and do not hesitate to stutter deliberately once in a while.
- Try to develop a rhythm in your speech. Singing songs can also help to attain better fluency.
- Joining a support team also helps in dealing with stuttering problems, as seeing others like you doing well gives you motivation to speak well too.
- Seek speech therapy.