How does a stammer affect communication?

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Stammering is generally characterized via repetitions of sounds, syllables, component-words, entire phrases, phrases which are different from those of ‘usually fluent’ individuals. It is very important for the speaker to keep in mind, the production and the reception of speech, in good communication.

If you need more information or you have a question regarding Stammering or Speech Disorder, you can discuss it with our HearingSol healthcare professionals, just give us a call on 1800-121-4408. We are always here to help you.

Stammering results in breaking of the fluidity of speech. Stammering varies from one person to another. Sometimes, it becomes very difficult to utter a single word while at the same time people can put in extra words and sound.

Nevertheless, stammering is sometimes unpredictable, some people who stutter may face the challenge of more stressful situations.

However, the issues go deeper day by day when the stuttering start affecting oral communication. People who stammer try to adopt strategies to help their speech. While some of them can be very helpful, others may actually be detrimental to interpersonal communication and mainly work performance.

It is a developmental disorder. There is a constant building of strong negative feeling within those who stammer.  The fear and the acceptance of stammering often results in anger, frustration, and embarrassment at public places because of stammering.  People start forgetting there are more to the people except stammering because of this peer pressure it becomes nearly impossible for the speaker to have a fluent communication.

Symptoms and sign of stammering:

  • Speech may come out in spurts.
  • Repeating a sound, word, or syllable.
  • Problems starting a word, phrase, or sentence.
  • Hesitation before certain sounds has to be uttered.
  • Words with certain sounds are substituted for others
  • Rapid blinking and trembling lips

Difficulties faced by people who stammer which affect communication –

  • Stammering damages kids confidence while speaking and which affect their social skills a lot.
  • Frustration because people had to pause for a long time before speaking
  • People avoid a situation in which they stammer a lot.
  • Kids rearrange their words in order to avoid a stammering situation.
  • People often use interjections for eg – umm, like to delay the initiation of any sentence
  • In kids stammering often leads to language delay or any kind of disorder.
  • In public speaking when people need to speak loud then because of the stammer, they avoid any kind of communication.

THERAPY

For Children:

  • Give the kid some time to make a sentence that he/she wants to say.
  • Slow down background noise at home like TV volume or any other music volume especially during talking time.
  • Slow down your own talking speed while talking to the kid.
  • Nor comment on the stutter neither try to bring attention to it.
  • Get down to your kid-level while they are talking to you so that they can realize you are interested in talking to them.

For Adults:

  • Do breath exercise, produce sound slowly and with less anxiety.
  • Monitor and control your speech
  • If possible, produce fluent speech in different languages.
  • Look in-depth and determine your strengths and weaknesses in every area of communication what is also called a speech and language assessment.

To overcome stammering the best way is, consult speech therapist and choose stammering therapy.

If you need more information or you have a question regarding Stammering or Speech Disorder, you can discuss it with our HearingSol healthcare professionals, just give us a call on 1800-121-4408. We are always here to help you.

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