Did you know that 1% of all Australians stutter? Yes, you read that right, 1 in every 100 Australians, including children, teens, and adults, experience challenges with their normal flow of speech. Sadly, stuttering can affect the individuals interpersonal relationships and quality of life. What’s more, if left unattended, stuttering can lead to mental illnesses such as stress and anxiety. Below we explain stuttering in detail and share tips on how you can speak smoothly and softly without stuttering.
What is stuttering?
Stuttering is a speech disorder in which a person’s flow of speech is interrupted. The individual tends to stretch out sounds in words or repeat a sound, word, or phrase before passing a point. Sometimes, they may try to speak, but no sound comes out, or only a small sound, like a grunt, comes out.
Contrary to popular belief, stuttering does not mean someone has an underlying disease, psychological problems, or low intelligence. Instead, it’s common when one is nervous, or there’s an interference with the brain processes that control speech.
Useful tips to reduce stuttering
While there is no direct cure for stuttering, managing situations that may worsen stuttering is a proven way to enhance the flow of speech. Here are tips to help reduce your stuttering:
1. Join support groups of people who stutter
Experts recommend joining a support group of people with a similar stuttering problem. A support group will offer you a safe place to speak your emotions and feelings out without fear of being judged.
It’s common to feel embarrassed, and anxious when you stutter in social gatherings. However, if you relax, you can easily release the tension and anxiety. Mindful meditation coupled with deep breathing will help you relax, clear anxiety, and boost your confidence to speak fluently.
3. Slow down your speech
Slowing down your speech is a proven way to eliminate speech disorders. Therefore, it would help to train yourself to speak slowly and controllably. When you are doing this, let the people you are speaking to know this is part of your strategy. That way, they won’t rush you or bring down your confidence.
Also, make it a habit to read aloud at a slow pace and use this pace when having a conversation with others.
4. Seek professional help
If you find you are still having trouble with stuttering, a speech pathologist or speech therapist can use clinically proven therapy techniques to help you improve your speech language and reduce stuttering. They can also incorporate modern devices to help slow your speech and reduce your stutter.
Get speech therapy today
Do you or someone you love stutter? Our speech pathologists at Gen Physio can help. We understand how isolated stuttering may make you feel and can help you unlock your ability to communicate fluently and boost your confidence in public settings. Contact us today to book an appointment- our experts will come to you and offer a session in the comfort of your home.