Stuttering is a communication disorder affecting over 3 million Americans. Although there are no instant cures, these tips will help your progression toward speech fluency.
Step 1: Contact a speech-language pathologist Contact a speech-language pathologist who will decide which treatment will work for you. There are many treatment options, including drug therapy and electronic device therapy.
Step 2: Relax De-stress and relax. It's been shown that stress can increase stuttering.
Step 3: Slow down Slow down when you speak and monitor your speech. Over time your speech rate will become more natural.
TIP: Encourage individuals who are close to you to speak slowly. This will help you to remember to slow down.
Step 4: Do not allow interruptions Take your time and inform your listener that you need to finish your thoughts. Don't allow people to interrupt you or to finish your sentences.
Step 5: Locate a self-help group Locate a self-help group. They can provide support and resources that will assist you in your path to fluency.
TIP: Local schools, community centers, and hospitals can refer you to a local support group.
Step 6: Research Research and keep up with new therapies. Organizations like the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and the National Center for Stuttering are excellent resources.
FACT: Boys are three times more likely to stutter than girls. However, many children outgrow their stutter.