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Help Treat Stuttering Naturally

Stuttering is a speech disorder often seen in children that can last well into adulthood. It affects fluency, impeding the natural flow of conversations and embarrassing or humiliating the stutterer, often making the problem worse in the long run. If a person suffers from stuttering they may avoid social situations, certain activities and even begin cutting themselves off from social interactions because they are afraid they will stutter and embarrass themselves. This makes stuttering more than simply a speech problem, but also a social and psychological issue and in many cases both speech therapy and psycho-therapy may be necessary to help a stutter overcome their fears and be successful in overcoming their stuttering. 

 

What are the causes of stuttering?

  • Language Development – Children often stutter because they do not have a fully developed vocabulary to choose from. If this is the cause of your child’s stuttering they will likely grow out of it as they grown and their vocabulary develops more fully. 
  • Brain Abnormalities – There may be an anomaly in the language center of the brain. This can cause stuttering and is often hereditary. If a family member has a history of stuttering it is possible that this condition was passed on. 
  • Injury – An injury such as a stroke can affect the language center of the brain and cause speech impediments such as stuttering. Other injuries can also affect your ability to speak. If stuttering is a new issue for you then you should seek medical care to check and make sure you have not suffered a stroke or other serious injury. 
  • Mental Health – Emotional trauma, certain medication side-effects for certain disorders, and deterioration in mental health can all lead to stuttering. If this is a new condition, speak with your doctor to see what could be causing it.

 

How can I prevent Stuttering?

  • Visualize your thoughts in words before you begin speaking. 
  • Speak slowly.
  • Practice reading out loud.
  • Take a deep breath and relax.

 

How can I treat Stuttering?

  • Relax! This is the first and most important step in controlling your stutter. Remember, most people aren’t as bothered as you are by it and that you are bigger than your stutter.
  • Shake out your tension and do a couple lip buzzing exercises to help relax your mouth and body. 
  • Practice speaking out loud to yourself, in a mirror, for 30 minutes a day every day. You’ll get used to hearing your voice without the stutter, build confidence and this will help you be able to speak to others more successfully.
  • When you come to a word you stutter on, take a deep breath and let it out in a guttural sound before trying to continue. This helps your mind relax the roadblock preventing you from forming the word.
  • Do breathing exercises and keep them up while you speak to help keep yourself relaxed.
  • Try sing-speaking. Because this changes syllable length and gives a bit of a rhythm to stick to many people find this helps them control their stuttering. 
  • If you’re a parent with a stuttering child, remember not to force it. These same techniques will work for your child and as they grow and mature they may grow out of a stutter or learn how to control it better. 
  • Parents should be careful not to interrupt a stuttering child. Let them work through their thought even if it takes  a while.
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