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How to Stop Stuttering

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.

Instructions

  • 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.

You Will Need

  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Measured speech
  • Support group
  • Research
  • Referrals from local schools
  • community centers
  • and hospitals (optional)

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