Tips to Prevent Stuttering

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Mar 02, 2012

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Stuttering is a speech disorder, which can have significant impact on the child or adult’s emotional wellbeing or mental health (it can lead to problems such as anxiety, fear of speaking in public). In children, it can affect the child's schoolwork, social interactions and self-esteem. In adults, it can lead to stress, anxiety or affect the person’s self-esteem, career or relationships. Millions of people suffer from this disorder and would give anything to learn to speak fluently. Here are some tips, which can help to reduce or stop stuttering.

Think before speaking:
  Before you start speaking, think about the words you want to say. Say the words silently in your mind. Know the word or words you are about to say and when you start to speak, speak slowly.

Take a deep breath: Before you start speaking, take a deep breath. Learn and practice any relaxation techniques so you can relax yourself before you begin to speak.
Talk in a sing-song way:  Practice to talk in a rhythm so you can hear it in your head.

Avoid looking at a person:
When you are giving a speech, avoid looking at any one particular person to reduce stress and anxiety. Preferably, look above the heads of the audience and find a spot on the back of the room where you can look while talking.

Learn to regulate breathing: Singing phrases or song can help you to learn to regulate breathing. People with stuttering normally don't stutter while singing. Furthermore, practice to exhale your breath when you speak.

Take your time: When you are speaking, don't try to speak quickly or hurry yourself. Stuttering increases when you get stressed or become anxious. Take your time and speak slowly.



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