How to Get Rid of Your Speech Impediment and Stop Stuttering

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Stuttering is a speech disorder or a speech impediment. Roughly three million people in the U.S. suffer from this order. It is characterized by repetitive sounds, words or syllables, prolonged sounds, word insertions and speech interruptions or blocks. Most individuals with this speech impediment, know what they want to say but fail to produce a normal speech pattern.

Often this speech impediment is accompanied by rapid eye blinking, tremulous lips or other struggle behaviors. Stuttering is an obstacle to normal communication. It affects the stutterer’s quality of life and relationships. A speech impediment can harm job prospects and opportunities. Speech impediments are more common in children developing language skills between two and six, but they will persist in about 5 to 10 percent of those children. Boys are three times likelier to suffer from this speech impediment. Some will continue to face this speech dysfluency right into adulthood.

Stuttering/Speech Impediment

Normal speech sounds are produced through a series of highly coordinated muscle movements. These involve muscle of respiration, phonation, and articulation. The brain controls all these muscles and their actions. They are checked and monitored by our sense of touch and hearing. A speech impediment means a disruption in this process either at the muscular, neural or cerebral level.

Causes of Stuttering and Speech Impediments

There are many things causes of stuttering, and we have examined some of them below.

Developmental

Genetic

Neurogenic

Psychogenic

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Common Methods to Overcome Speech Problems

After identifying the cause, working through the speech impediment is crucial. Here are a few techniques that can help you. Remember one or more can be used in combination to help you overcome your stutter. You must practice these techniques consistently to see any positive change.

Breathing

Speech speed

Identify trigger words

Rhythm

Visualization

Speech therapy

Electronic devices

Practice Makes Perfect

Whether you’re working with a speech therapist or doing it on your own, it requires practice. You have to perform them repeatedly. When you practice and rehearse, your stutter will remarkably improve. This is especially true, of trigger words, You can carry out compensatory strategies and completion of your thoughts only if you’ve practiced doing them on your own. Better still, practice in front of a mirror or with members of a support group. Working with a like-minded support group will help you speak without judgment. Self-help groups may provide suggestions and alternatives to words and phrases.

Practicing these techniques and using long-term strategies have helped many people overcome their speech impediment. Children go through this phase as part of their development process. Others overcome it during childhood. Some others may experience it only when under stress or pressure like a public speaking event.

Nevertheless, with practice and some patience, most people find they can overcome their speech impediment.

Have you tried any of these techniques? Share your success story with us.


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