What Are Some Simple Remedies For Stuttering

Stuttering - when it is difficult to speak

What is stuttering?

Stuttering people actually know what to say. But they find it difficult to speak fluently. That is why one speaks of a disruption of the flow of speech. Stuttering manifests itself differently. Features are:

  • Repeating sounds, syllables or words: "Bi Bi Bi Please!" or "undundund"

  • Elongated lute: "Aaaaaber"

  • Blockings: "go ... ehen"

The fluids occur unintentionally and repeatedly. As a rule, those affected do not manage to suppress stuttering. As a result, further abnormalities can arise. Some people move their arms or body with them when they speak. Others breathe differently or whisper to speak more fluently.

consequences

Everyday life with stuttering is not always easy. Some are ashamed or afraid to make a fool of themselves. This can manifest itself physically, for example through blushing or sweating. Often times, people who stutter try to avoid certain words or situations out of fear.

causes

The most important reason for stuttering is a familial predisposition. Outside influences also play a role.

Some parents blame themselves when their child stutters. They believe that they did something wrong with their child. That is not true: There is no evidence for this connection.

Frequency and course

Out of 1,000 children, around 50 start stuttering. It often starts suddenly between the ages of 2 and 6. Boys are more often affected than girls. In about three quarters of children, the disorder disappears on its own. This usually happens within 2 years. Adults can stutter too. Approximately less than 10 in 1,000 are affected. They almost always stutter.

Whom can I contact?

In order to detect stuttering at an early stage, paediatricians pay attention to the language during preventive examinations. If you're wondering if your child is stuttering, you can also contact your pediatrician yourself. There you can call in experts from various fields who specialize in stuttering. These mostly come from phoniatrics-pedaudiology, child and adolescent psychiatry, speech therapy and speech therapy. One point of contact for adults is, for example, the family doctor's practice.

Detect stuttering

A conversation is important to plan how to proceed. The examiner wants to learn a lot about stuttering. He or she also asks about feelings, stress, school, training or job. Speech samples provide further information. Special tests and questionnaires can also be used.

treatment

When is treatment necessary?
Preschoolers do not need to be treated right away. If the stuttering does not improve after 6 to 12 months, therapy is recommended. Treatment should, among other things, be offered immediately if those affected or their relatives suffer severely.

Which procedures are effective?

Methods have proven to be effective in which one trains a completely new way of speaking (Speech structuring). This should prevent stuttering. There are also approaches that aim to directly change stuttering (Stuttering modification). Here, those affected practice a speech technique in order to influence stuttering events. They also learn to face "critical" situations. Both methods can be combined. There are separate procedures for children between the ages of 3 and 6, such as the so-called Lidcombe program or indirect methods.

Let your treatment team explain the various methods and their advantages and disadvantages to you. Together you can decide what is most suitable in your case. It is difficult to predict how long a therapy will last. Professionals recommend changing treatment if stuttering or accompanying behavior does not improve after 3 months.

What doesn’t help?

Experts have not found any evidence that medication, breathing therapy, homeopathy, hypnosis, relaxation techniques and Bach flower therapy work against stuttering.

Sometimes those affected are offered procedures that promise quick results and healing in adults for money. There are no such miracle cures for stuttering.

What you can do yourself

It is important to realize that stuttering is not a mental disorder. Nor is it anyone's fault. It can also help if you deal with stuttering openly and confidently. This can make conversations with friends, at school or at work easier for everyone.

If you or your child are affected:

  • Be prepared for this: a long-term effective treatment takes time and your cooperation.

  • A self-help group can also be a point of contact. There you can find out more and exchange ideas with others.

When talking to people who stutter:

  • Respectful interaction should always be a matter of course in a conversation.

  • Maintain eye contact, be patient, and let a stuttering person finish.

  • Do not try to finish words or sentences.

  • People who stutter are often given advice such as "think first" or "speak slowly". These are often well meant. However, they rather unsettle those affected than they use.

May 2021, published by the German Medical Association and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians