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Demystifying The Myths About Stuttering

For decades, there’s been a bunch of folklore surrounding stuttering, and the fact is that nobody can be exactly sure of what causes a stutter.

As with all mysteries in the world, when there’s no answers, there’s sure to be a bunch of wild old wives tales circulating, and the ones that don’t seem too farfetched, you may be tempted to believe.

Believing in any of these myths, will hinder your progress in speech fluency, so take a look over them and don’t fall prey to the wondrous cycle of old wives tales.

Nervous or associated with an anxiety disorder

People with a stutter are nervous and suffer anxiety when it comes to speaking but that is not the cause of the stutter.

Panic and anxiety caused by stuttering

Developmental stuttering is persistent in 1% of all adults. Most will develop it in their early years, and it’s only that small percentage of adults who don’t naturally outgrow it. It’s nothing to do with anxiety though, although nervousness will cause it to be more prominent during speech.

It’s a psychological disorder

If this were true, speech therapy would eradicate it in everyone who went through it. I for one spent years in speech therapy, and counselling and that was not how I achieved fluency, therefore, its folklore.

You have suffered an emotional trauma

My memory’s not too grand, but I think if I’d been in a car accident, or had some terrible life event that traumatised me, I’d remember.

While I’m not disputing the fact that there are people who do develop a stutter as a direct result of a traumatic event in their life, it’s not every person with a stutter who has had a traumatic experience.

Labelling someone as a stutterer

Decades back, the old wives tale that was widely circulated was that if you labelled a child as a stutterer, they’d become a chronic stutterer as a result. You are what you hear you are – sort of thing. This one still surfaces occasionally, and it’s not just for stutterers.

Someone can have a lisp and by being classed as having that speech impediment, it’s believed to worsen the condition.

If you have it, you have it, regardless what others say about it.

Fact – Your stutter is not your fault

All too often, when something doesn’t go our way, we look to shift blame.

Is it your fault?

Are you so stupid you can’t speak right?

Not at all; nor is it the result of bad parenting putting too much pressure on children to press themselves farther, or any traumatic event that’s occurred in your life.

It just happens, and it happens to millions of people around the world, all of whom are looking to do the same thing.

Find hope that they can overcome the stutter for good.

Some will seek out therapies, such as the courses on offer here, while others will continue their way through life, with a false sense of belief that it will rectify itself with time.

The fact is that it won’t.

Developmental stuttering starts at pre-school ages between two and four years old. By the age of six, it will have passed, and if not, the majority of children will be on their way to having their speech rectified to near fluency.

When you pass the age of eight, and it continues into your teen years, then you need to intervene.

The stutter will not go away on its own accord. When you reach your teens and into your adult years, it’s only you who can intervene and work towards correcting your speech pattern to achieve fluency, and that is something that you can do.

All it takes is the knowledge to apply and the willpower to persist in applying the techniques that will correct your stutter and put you on the path to fluency.

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