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Stuttering Advice For Children And Adults

I receive many requests each and every week from people who are seeking advice as to how to overcome stuttering. This is sometimes parents seeking help for their child who has developed this form of speech impediment or from adults who are looking for advice for themselves. Whatever the age the advice is very much the same….

The most important piece of advice I can provide is to never give in or to give up hope. You would probably not believe the amount of times I was told that there is not a cure for stuttering or stammering. These “professionals” – yes I also choke when I say or write the word “professionals” – seem to be overly obsessed by this word “cure”. It is like they will be thrown into the worst type of jail if they do not mention it on a regularly basis. I just wanted to shout out “I GET IT”! But get it I certainly did not. I knew that I could talk fluently at certain times and in certain situations and therefore I would never ever accept this statement, however many times people wanted to say it. If I had have listened and if I had accepted their word for it I would still be being haunted by those nasty stuttering demons today – eighteen years was enough for me thank you very much.

Never give up

The second piece of advice is to seek specialist help. This, in a way, goes back to my experiences of traditional speech and language therapy which was far from good. As I have stated in previous posts I would hope that the quality of these traditional forms of speech therapy will have improved however you can not beat receiving help from people who “have been there and seen it” so to speak. I would often request, to my parents, to attend a more specialist or expert type of help during the period when I had a stutter. At the time however the available options were rather limited and this was well before the birth of the internet.

My final piece of advice, well at least for this post, is to ensure that you work extremely hard to achieve your goal of fluency when you feel that you have found the type of therapy that you believe will work. To overcome this speech impediment is far from easy and to do so takes a fair amount of time and a lot of hard work – the reward of fluency however makes all of this work something that is certainly worth doing.

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