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Stammering

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Stammering is an obstacle that affects the verbal communication abilities of a significant proportion of the population within our community. Stammering is a communication disorder in which the normal flow of speech is broken by repetitions, prolongations, or abnormal stoppages (no sound or block) of sounds and syllables.

A person who stammers may exhibit one of these or a combination of all these characteristics. There may be unusual facial and body movements, associated with the efforts to speak.

 

Causes

There is no single cause for stammering. Stammering may occur when a combination of factors come together and may have different causes in different people. The current research is focused on the connection between stammering and the neurological coordination of speech. Lot of research has been made about the factors, which contribute to its development in the areas of genetics, neurophysiology, child development, and family dynamics.

 

Is stammering a disease?
No, it is a speech disorder. It is not a disease, so it cannot be treated through medicine.

 

Is stammering inherited?
Yes, in some cases stammers have a family history of stammering.


Is stammering due to organic problem?

No, it’s not, reason being, stammer doesn't stammers all the time. Sometimes he/she is very fluent in speech.

 

Is stammering a psychological problem?
Yes, it is a psycho speech disorder.

 

What's the right age for getting treatment for stammering?
When a sufferer himself/herself wants to get rid of stammering or the parents of the child really want their child to get rid of this speech disorder and really want to work on it.

 

Treatment/cure for Stammering

Three different ways of taking treatment:-

 

  • Regular speech therapy for stammering/stuttering
  • Regular (5-10) sittings at clinic + home therapy programme
  • Total home therapy program
  • How to prevent it?

 

Home remedies:

  • Converse with your child
  • Converse with your child as much as you can
  • Keep the content light and pleasant. Allow him to contribute to the conversations
  • Remember it is normal
  • it is quite normal for him to mispronounce or stumble over a word. Do not always try to correct your child’s speech and improve his grammar.
  • Allow him ample time to complete the sentences without interrupting him
  • Become a careful listener
  • when your child is trying to convey, try and listen to him carefully, without having to ask him to repeat or start over again. Convey the fact that you have plenty of time to listen to him and don’t make him repeat a word that she finds hard to pronounce
  •  Comfort and reassure is important.

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