- Over three million Americans stutter, approximately 1% of the population.
- Four times more men stutter than women.
- Stutterers typically have IQs 10 to 14 points higher than the general population:).
- One out of every 30 children undergoes a period of stuttering lasting about six months or so. Parents should seek professional help as soon as they begin to suspect the problem isn’t a temporary one.The best prevention tool is early intervention
- Stuttering typically begins between 3 and 5 years of age, but occasionally will appear for the first time in an older child.
- Many stutterers can speak fluently some of the time. They can whisper without hesitation, speak in unison and sing without stuttering.
- Most stutterers can speak easily when prevented from hearing their own voices, when talking to pets and small children, and when addressing themselves in the mirror.
- Stuttering can be treated with a variety of approaches for both children and adults:).
Some Fluency Strategies
When you are in a conversation, or any other speaking situation, don’t try not to stutter because that will increase your fear and tension and there will be a good chance that you will. So here are some useful stratagies you can use so that even if you stutter, you are going to be in control of your
our speach. You can also practice beforehand in your head, what you are going to say, and you can do simple head and shoulder exercices to help you get relaxed.
1. Reducing the rate of speech and using slow, smooth speech movements
2. Easing into voicing of speech sounds
3. Voicing continuously during utterances
4. Articulating lightly (keep all contacts light)
5. Starting air flow for speech before any other muscle movement
You can also practice beforehand in your head, what you are going to say,
and you can do simple head and shoulder exercises to help you get relaxed.
Talking To A Stutterer
Here are things I think a listener should do when talking to a Stutterer
(based on my experience and research) :
1. Try not to look embarrassed, disgusted, or alarmed. It will only make
the speaker nervous and stutter more.
2. Wait patiently till the speaker is done talking. Do not interrupt because
it makes the speaker frustrated.
3. No one likes to have words put on his or her mouth So try not to finish
sentences or complete words for the speaker. It could make things worse
if you guess wrong.
4. Try not to finish sentences or fill in words. No one likes words put in
his or her mouth. Problems can get worse if you guess wrong.
5. Avoid suggestions such as ” Slow down,” “Relax,” or “Take a breath.”
6. Stuttering should not be a taboo subject. Feel free to talk about it
openly. People will appreciate your interest in the subject.
7. If you don’t understand what the speaker said, don’t guess, just say,
“I’ m sorry, I didn’ t understand what you said. Can you please repeat.”
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