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Stuttering Treatment and Experiments

To find the best possible stuttering treatment available, I conducted numerous experiments with my own stuttering. You and I will conduct one simple experiment together a little bit later. As I mentioned in different sections of this site, your self-therapy fails to work because it does not deal with various secondary symptoms of this disorder. This is only one of two reasons. The second reason is every speech therapy creates an “artificial environment.” In another words, you are able to apply all speech techniques perfectly only in your speech therapist's office. However, you do not have that much success in applying the same techniques once you step in a “real world.” The main reason is because your secondary symptoms of stuttering are kept to a minimum in a controlled setting, such as your speech therapist's office. However, they all “show up” once you deal with real situations and people.

It is time to conduct one experiment together. The goal is to check the intensity of secondary symptoms of stuttering on your level of fluency. If you are reliably healthy, let's do some aerobic exercise for about twenty minutes or so. Aerobic exercise can include exercising on your treadmill, your bike or running. Once we are done with aerobics, we will enter some speaking situation. It can be any speaking situation in which you know you will stutter. I know you will find you will stutter a lot less after your aerobic session than you will stutter without it. Please note it is not a stuttering treatment in itself, but it can be easily incorporated in one if you want to.

If you have done aerobic exercises as I instructed you to do, you now find it is much easier to enter some speaking situation that you previously were scared to enter. You will find even if you stutter, you simply will not care much. Overall, you will be speaking a lot more fluently than you did before. You might even begin thinking about how to incorporate aerobic exercises in your stuttering treatment.

A few years ago, my friend suggested that I read one old book that is called The Use of the Self. “This friend knew that I was interested in reading books about stuttering and various anxiety disorders. I reluctantly agreed to read it. hard to get this book because there were no new editions of this book. FM Alexander was the author of it. Write a few sections about it on this site. For now, please note that Alexander offered a unique stuttering treatment method.

He believed that every disorder consists of the wrong habit or habits that a person develops over the years. Observing how a person uses his muscles, how he walks, where his tension originates, and how he talks was absolutely critical in finding out what this person needs to do to change these wrong habits. By changing the wrong habits and replacing them with the right habits, FM Alexander believed one could “cure” any disorder, including stuttering.

The main goal of this technique was inhibiting the wrong habits of a person. The sufferer was instructed to be extremely aware of his old habits that were wrong. Once this person was aware of them, he had to do everything he could possibly do to make sure that he was not to engage in these old habits again. Needless to say, many people had struggled with changing these wrong habits for months and even years.

Although this stuttering treatment has gained popularity before, it is not very practical for one main reason. We do not have years to master it. This fact alone makes it almost impossible to use it. We often need some tool that will work for us immediately. Alexander technique is not one of those tools. Also, it often requires assistance from other people. It is very hard to detect all your “wrong” behaviors when you are engaged in them. We need someone to observe us. In addition, it needs to be pointed out that the progress does not often come to someone for months with this tool. Why would you want to use something that is almost impossible to master?

I believe Alexander technique has one major flaw when it comes to stammering. I am convinced stammering is not a habit. However, there are many people who will disagree with me. They will state the stammerer blocks in a habitual way. In another words, a person's jaw, lips, and tongue move to exactly the same location during his speech block. Thus, his disfluency is purely habitual. This, by the way, will explain why a person who stutters has trouble pronouncing the same sounds or gets stuck in the same word places. I believe, however, stammering is a lot more complicated than being a habit.

During those early stages, his theories met stiff resistance from scientific community. After all, Mr. Alexander could take any serious illness and could claim it was made of several wrong habits. He appeared to insist by making this statement a person could get rid of any illness if he would simply learn how not to engage in his wrong habits. He did remember to state that it sounded easy. In reality, it could be the most difficult thing for a person to do.

I do not believe when a person blocks on some word or has trouble pronouncing some sounds, his speech mechanism always operates in the same way during these disfluencies. If you notice, your tongue might go slighly more up or down during your speech speech difficulty than it did during the one before. Your lips may take a different shape too.

However, I do know all secondary symptoms of stuttering, such as anxiety and fear of speaking are habitual in nature. Think about it for one minute. You are conditioned to react in a certain way to “difficult” speech situations. It is your conditioned response that tells you need to avoid this “danger” of entering this speaking situation at all costs. Bad things occurred in the past when you tried to talk under similar circumstances. Therefore, bad things are likely to occur now. You need to run away. Mr. Alexander considered those conditioned responses to be your wrong habits.

How does this technique relate to what we are doing here? Physical exercise has this inhibiting effect on your “wrong” habits. This effect is rather temporary in this instance. Neverheless, it is still an effect. By the way, I do not believe that stuttering is a habit. However, your certain reactions to different situations can be considered to be wrong habits.

Let's come back to analyzing our experiment again. Aerobic exercise has a calming effect on a person. Some aerobic exercises, such as kickboxing, have a great effect on one's confidence. Beside, physical exercises have a direct effect on muscle relaxation. Secondary symptoms of stuttering like your fear of speaking, anxiety, muscle tension and panic attacks are greatly minimized during and after these exercises. I bet you even adopted a care-free attitude in the process.

What am I suggesting here? Should you adopt some exercise routine to start speaking more fluently? Absolutely not … However, you should do physical exercises for a sole purpose of preserving health. I also believe physical exercise can be incorporated as a part of any stuttering treatment. There are, of course, easier ways to get more fluency. You can use various psychiatric medications in combination to deal with secondary symptoms of stuttering. These medications have severe side effects. You can also use alternative medicine remedies in combination. These remedies are essentially free from side effects. By the way, will you get rid of all stuttering if you eliminate secondary symptoms of stuttering? Although your fluency has improved significantly, you still will need to deal with the primary symptom of stuttering that is your speech block. Natural remedies that are discussed in my program can offer much assistance in that regard.

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Tongue Thrust – What is It?

I am sometimes asked about tongue thrust – what it is, how it affects speech, and what to do about it.

All babies have a tongue thrust or reverse swallow. When the baby swallows, his tongue pushes forward toward his gums or front teeth, if he has them. Think about feeding a baby pureed food. The baby's tongue pushes forward, pushing some of the food back out of his mouth. The adult scoops the food off his lips and face with the spoon and puts it back in his mouth and the cycle continues. As babies mature, they learn, not only to keep their lips closed when they swallow, but to effectively move the food back toward the throat with a more mature swallow.

In the mature swallow, the tongue tip is held on the alveolar (gum) ridge behind the top front teeth and the tongue efficiently moves the food backward with a rolling motion. Children should have a normal, adult swallow by the time they are seven.

Sometimes, however, a child continues to tongue stress or reverse swallow. When this occurs, generally his teeth are slightly separated, the tongue presses forward against or between the teeth, and the lips are tightly closed to prevent the tongue from protruding. Many children who have a tongue stress are mouth breathers, often due to either allergies or enlarged tonsils / adenoids, causing the tongue to sit between or against the front teeth at rest. Then, when they swallow, the tongue pushes forward against the teeth.

How can I know if my child has a tongue thrust?

The most obvious answer is to have him evaluated by a speech pathologist. But you may be able to diagnose this yourself.

-Is he a mouth breather? Does he keep his tongue between his front teeth when at rest? These are signs that he likely has a tongue thrust.

-Have him take a sip of water and observe his swallow. Try to pry his lips apart during the swallow. There should not be any forward movement of the tongue. Typically, children with a tongue thrust are unable to swallow with their lips parted.

What are the results of a tongue thrust?

-The tongue is a very strong muscle. If it is pressing against the front teeth during thousands of swallows a day, it will most likely cause the teeth to protrude. If this happens, the tongue stress must be corrected before orthodontic work is done or the the teeth will quickly move out of place again.

The strong habit of tongue protrusion often affects the speech patterns. The most typical speech errors seen with a tongue thrust are a “th” for “s” or “z” substitution. In more severe cases, all of the tone tip sounds (t, d, n, ch, sh, j) can be affected. It can be difficult to correct these speech errors when there is an uncorrected tongue stress.

What should be done?

-If your child is under seven, give the issue more time. If your child is seven or older, find a speech pathologist who is experienced in tongue thruster therapy. Be prepared to supervise your child with tongue exercises one or more times a day. It will take a lot of practice to change this ingrained habit.

-If your child is a mouth breather, try to find the cause. If he can not comfortably breathe through his nose due to allergies or enlarged tonsils and adenoids, this problem needs to be corrected first.

-Encourage your child to keep his lips and back teeth together and his tongue at rest on the upper gum ridge. Having him hold a Tic-Tac or orthodontic rubber band in place with his tongue for 10-20 minutes a day can encourage this habit.

As with all speech and language issues, I encourage you to be alert to your child's development and to seek professional advice and take action when necessary.

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Reading to Your Child to Stimulate Language Development

One of the best activities you can do with your children to encourage language acquisition is reading together. I started reading to my children when they were two or three months old. The first books we read were bright and colorful board books with a single word or short sentence per page. We soon progressed to books of nursery rhymes and books that were illustrated songs. Although my babies did not understand the words at first, they enjoyed the bright pictures, the rhythm of the words, rhymes, and songs, and the cuddling with Mommy. Story time became a treasured part of the day for both of us.

Most parents know that reading to their children is very important. But did you know that reading straight through the book from beginning to end is not always the very best way to stimulate your child's language skills? Studies have shown that when children are engaged more actively in reading, their vocabulary, comprehension, and language expression are greatly improved. Here are some ideas for new ways to read a book:

1. Point to pictures and name them. Ask your child to name the pictures. Action words and adjectives can be labeled as well. You could ask, “Can you find an animal that is tall?” Egypt “What is that girl doing?”

2. After you read a page, ask questions about the story. The simplest questions are factual ones … “Who said …?” “What happened …?” More difficult are “why” questions.

3. Ask, “What do you think will happen next?”

4. Have your child retell the story after you finish reading it (narration).

5. Have your child tell you the story by looking at the pictures. Or the two of you alternate pages, making up a story to go with the pictures.

6. Interrupt your reading occasionally to comment on the story or setting or to explain a concept or define a word.

7. Read expressively!

8. Rhymes and songs are wonderful for language development – even if you can not carry a tune!

Most importantly, keep reading fun! Use these suggestions to enhance your storytime, not to turn it into a lesson. Enjoy the time spent with your child. Snuggling up on the couch and reading together has always been one of my favorite ways to spend time with my children.

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Famous Dyslexics to Inspire You

People with dyslexia may feel like they will be so hampered by their condition that they may not do very well in life and that others will think less of them. This does not need to be a reality, and the proof is in the many famous dyslexics who have made it to the top of their game.

Some of the most intelligent scientists of the past have been dyslexic, Albert Einstein being the most notable. He was thought of as a genius and one of the greatest minds ever. Michael Faraday, chemist and physicist who discovered the chemical compound benzene and established the foundation for the electromagnetic field concept in physics did not let dyslexia get in the way of his success. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the first practical telephone and Thomas Edison, inventor of the electric lightbulb also achieved highly in life, despite being dyslexic.

Many famous actors are dyslexic too. Orlando Bloom, Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Keira Knightley, Bob Hoskins, Oliver Reed, Sylvester Stallone, Liv Tyler and Billy Bob Thornton have all learned to succeed and they go on to inspire millions of people all over the world with the global reach of their films.

You may think that because dyslexics have difficulty with words that becoming an author is an unlicensed career. However, Agatha Christie, Roald Dahl and John Irving found ways of learning that meant that working with words was a possibility.

Dyslexia can affect people from all walks of life, from rich to poor, including royalty. In the English royal family, the Duchess of York, her daughter Princess Beatrice, and Prince Harry have all been diagnosed.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Apple Founder Steve Jobs, entrepreneur Richard Branson and Theo Paphitis, Chief Executive of Ryman and Partners have all amassed great personal wealth through running their businesses. They are all dyslexic and considered among the best businessmen in the world. Dyslexia need not stop you running a business, or even many businesses.

If something more practical is more your kind of thing, take inspiration from chefs Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and Marco Pierre-White, olympians Duncan Goodhew and Sir Steven Redgrave, boxing legend Muhammad Ali or racing star Sir Jackie Stewart.

Famous artistic dyslexics include photographer David Bailey, ballet dancer Darcey Bussell, artists Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warholand, sculptors Antony Gormley and Auguste Rodin, and artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh who is responsible for the beautiful Glasgow School of Art building.

Having dyslexia is not the end of the world. Have faith in yourself and reach for success.

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Speech Fluency – Is That What You Really Need and Want?

Let me ask you a simple question. What is the number one wish we stutterers have in common? FLUENCY … right? Well, yes it is … maybe on the first sight! But when you go DEEPER and question yourself in detail you will probably realize that we want fluency because of one core reason:

We think achieved fluency will BRING US all the POSITIVE EMOTIONS and DRIVE US AWAY from all the NEGATIVE EMOTIONS which we do experience due to our stuttering challenge

When you look at it, it is that SIMPLE.

We want to reach fluency because we do NOT want to feel the negative emotions stuttering partnerships us such as: Low self-esteem, Frustration, Fear, Shame, Anger, Humiliation, Isolation, Unhappiness, Inadequacy, Stress, Uncertainty, Unworthiness, Guilt, Lack of confidence, etc …

… and we want fluency because we want the opposite of all those negative emotions.

Now, the question is: Is it possible to experience those positive emotions with your speech if you do not achieve fluency in your speech?

The answer is, YES and NO.

NO, because it is extremely hard to get rid of all those emotions while you keep the stuttering mindset and you are NOT IN CONTROL of your speech at all. It is almost impossible to make that change and reverse the impact of that subconscious pain. You might not like what I am going to say here but I personally do not believe the idea of ​​”Go live your life as an out of control stammerer and you'll get used to it and everything will change to bring you what you want out of your life “. That is just not realistic and as harsh as it may sound that is a statement which will probably never happen.

Now, the answer of the above question is also YES, because you do not need 100% fluency to achieve and experience all the positive emotions we mentioned above. As long as your life is not HIJACKED by your stuttering and you are in control of it both physically and mentally then there is no reason why you should not be able to achieve anything which you believe you could only achieve if you were a “fluent “speaker.

In order to reach your core speaking goals, even with not perfect fluency, you need to get your inner and outer game tight. I'll talk about “The game of fluency” in another article but in summary inner game is your mindset, beliefs, personality characteristics and the way you approach the challenge where outer game is mental and physical techniques, tools, strategies, etc. you use to take control of your speech.

Of course you need to aim for complete fluency, but keep in mind that when it comes to stuttering, considering our core goal, we definitely do NOT need “perfect” fluency to achieve our speaking and life goals. Reaching a level of fluency in conjuction with the right MINDSET will bring you what you really need to live a confident, successful and fulfilled life.

If you can get your inner and outer game tight, even if you do not reach “PERFECT” fluency, you can achieve all your speaking and life goals which you believe you could only achieve if you were a “fluent” speaker.

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Stuttering in Children – The Warning Signs

Right around the age of between 3 – 4 children may start stuttering as they are further developing their speech skills. This is very typical, and it causes toddlers mainly to repeat or hesitate words and syllables. This stuttering in children does not typically last long, as the world of language is just new to them. To those parents who are worried, do not be too alarmed, as most children outgrow this several months later.

What causes stuttering in children is still a big mystery. Many studies have been conducted to try to get the root of the problem. What we do know is that there are plenty of factors that can contribute or trigger this speech disorder. Genetics and the malfunction of the mechanisms responsible for speech production in the brain, nerves, and muscles may be just a few.

The symptoms of stuttering in children should only be scared if it has continued with no sign of improvement up to about six months later. Here is a short list of the symptoms that you should be aware of.

1. Consistent repetition of a specific syllable.
2. The habit of pronouncing some sounds in an elongated way like “Hhhhhhhello”.
3. Substituting vowels such as “I will wuh-wuhsh my face”.
4. The changing of tone and / or pitch when a kid is having difficulty with a word.
5. Shows signs of being afraid to speak.

If you feel that your child might be dealing with this issue, there are some important things that you must

As a parent its your job to ease their mind and help them get through the stage of speech disfluency. So
here are some useful tips regarding stuttering in children.

1. Do no ask your child too many questions. Give a small child room to express themselves, so that they can put the thought behind it, rather than the parent forcing them to speak.

2. Do not have a negative reaction when they stutter. The worst thing to do is make them extremely self conscious. Do not correct the child either, nor complete any sentence that they are struggling with. Let them finish what they started.

3. Once they have finished what they need to say, repeat it back slowly to let them know that you understand.

4. Stuttering in children is commonly also a result of fast speaking. Try your hardest to speak at a moderate tempo around your kids. This will give them a good example, and do not act like you're in a hurry when they're speaking, or it might rush them.

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Stop Stuttering – Ways to Treat Children and Teens

Of the millions of people who suffer from stuttering, the child and youth population are the ones that are affected the most. This speech disorder can have great impacts on the life of a child so stopping it as early as possible is a necessity. There is a step-by-step procedure in order for a person to stop stuttering.

The first step is to properly diagnose the disorder with the help of a speech-language pathologist. Referring to a health professional specializing on the field of language is very important because stammering is mostly confused with simple disfluency. Simple disfluency, however, is simply outgrown by those who have it and if children with stutters are diagnosed with this, their speech disorder may be left untreated until it is already too late.

Generally, stuttering has been connected with abnormal breathing patterns so doing breathing techniques are sometimes recommended by professionals. After it has been diagnosed, the next step is to determine the best method which can help stop stuttering.

For children, one way to stop stuttering is by practicing their speaking abilities with every chance possible. The parents should also provide children with this disorder a good environment in which they will not be stigmatized just because of their stammers. There are also some therapies which can help stop stuttering for the case of teens. Most of the therapies are centered on providing different ways to focus on speaking. Therapies such as this include exercising single-syllable responses until the person can already respond with complex sentences without the stutters.

There are also some drugs which can help stop stuttering. Even though the US Food and Drug Administration has not legalized the use of any drug to treat stammering, there are medicines for other health problems like epilepsy, depression, and anxiety which are said to be effective in treating stuttering. Using drugs, however, are highly prohibited because they cause some negative side effects making them harder to use for long periods of time.

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Recover From Stuttering – Relax and Use Good Breathing Techniques

Relaxed breathing is very important in stuttering treatment. Without the breath / the ability to breathe, no living creature on Earth would survive. The simplicity of the invreath followed by the outbreath could have looked on as the rhythm of life . In its simplest form, when human beings are in their most relaxed state, like sleeping or slumped in a comfy chair at home, the breath is even and in rhythm with the needs of the body. The rhythm of breathing is automatic, thank heavens, we do not even have to think about it. When we are not relaxed, our heart rate elevates. This is usually caused by:

  • Physical and / or
  • Emotional activity

During physical activity, the rate of breathing is lifted to ensure that the body is getting enough oxygen. Muscles require oxygen to function. As physical activity intensifies, the breathing rate increases. This is relative to the increase in that activity. Emotional activity is complex and any attempt to discuss this human trait in any level of detail would not at all serve the purpose of this topic. Suffice it to say that emotional activity is tied to a large amount with metabolic activity within the body and any increase in the body's metabolic activity sees an increased demand for oxygen and thus an increase in respiration rate.

What does this have to do with recovering from stuttering?

If we look at the other 99% of the population who does not stutter, speech is not an issue for them. Speech is as simple as the breathing process itself.

If we study the speech process of the majority of non-stutterers, and listen to their speech pattern carefully, we will notice that there is an obvious rhythm to their breathing and speech. There is a solid phrase pause, phrase pause pattern in play with the breath being inserted at appropriate points through their speech. These patterns obviously vary from person to person, but one common thread exists. They have a built-in relaxed phrase pause pattern that has driven their speech since they begin to talk, they fall into a well-trodden fluent path every time they open their mouths to speak. They do this apparently simple thing without even thinking! We all have thousands of these pathways set up in our brains. Known as neural pathways, these are really just sets of neurons that fire together in set sequences within our brains. We establish solid neural pathways from repeating procedures that may be as simple as feeding ourselves and brushing our teeth to complicated routines such as, carrying out brain surgery or striking a golf ball. In fact, the human brain developments and stores a pathway for each routine that we choose to undertake in our lives. Everyone capable of speech has a neural pathway set in place for that purpose.

In terms of a person with a stutter, his neural pathway for speech tends to be cluttered with emotional debris, negative perceptions of how he feels others see him and his dysfluency. From this negativity, many people who stutter develop poor self-concepts. I liken this to a bird's nest of negative causal thoughts that have accumulated over years of dealing with the stutter. When we (stutterers) battle to employ our neural pathway for speech, it's like trying to negotiate a minefield while wearing a blindfold, there is just too much going on and too much stress. The battle to expel the words in some coherent pattern is often disjointed to the point where the breathing system is jerky, uneven and illegally to allow fluent speech.

As mentioned, fluent speakers fall in to a predetermined pathway for speech which is rhythmical and relaxed. If we listen closely to stuttering speech, in most cases, there is no rhythm and it is definitely not relaxed. The phrase pause relationship between the speech and the breath is erratic, and generally inappropriate for what has been said.

It is important to seek out speech therapy programs that spend a deal of time on breathing modification and reverting back to the basics of speech in trying to establish a solid and relaxed phrase pause, phrase pause relationship. Often the use of slow diaphragmatic breathing coupled with prolonged or smooth speech technique gives recovering stutterers an excellent foundation of control. With a technique that offers you control over your rhythm of speech and pausing, you will have every chance of managing your stutter to the point where it can be a glitch on the path of life.

Join me on our quest for speech fluency.

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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Dyslexia

To start off, what exactly is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a condition that hinders a person's ability to read, write and spell. People with dyslexia often encounter much difficulty in reading and spelling tasks and they find it difficult to improve their language skills – even after much practice and training.

It is important to note that dyslexia is NOT a mental illness nor does it reflect a person's intelligence level and abilities. Dyslexia just means that the brain perceives and interprets information differently, and this difference affects the way a person learns how to read and write.

The following are the 2 major signs and symptoms of dyslexia:

Directional Confusion

Dyslexics often encounter problems telling left from right, up and down. The process is not intuitive and automatic for them. In the context of writing, dyslexic's displays “mirror writing”. For example:

  • Letter like b may be interchanged with d , p or q . This can also happen when reading
  • Letter may also be inverted: u interchanged with n , m interchanged with w

Another way to establish directional confusion is to give a specific set of direction. “Go to the junction, turn left, turn right, etc.”

Sequence Confusion

Another telltale sign of dyslexia is problems with sequencing. Naturally, problems with sequencing would also affect their writing / reading as words have specific order and sequence. For example:

  • Words like name becomes mean , friend become freind , cat become act , expect become except , reserve become reverse
  • Another example would be reading / writing animal as aminal , or blue as bule , does as dose

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Testing For Dyslexia in Adults

Today, dyslexia is a recognized condition and there are tests readily available to detect such condition. However, the masses are still not aware of the nature of dyslexia and many still hold much misconception about the condition. In fact, there are many adults who are completely unaware that they are suffering from dyslexia and they grow up being ridiculed for their poor reading and spelling ability, suffering a loss of confidence and having a poor self-esteem. All these can be avoided if they had been identified to be suffering from dyslexia.

Firstly, it's important to understand that dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence level and being tested for dyslexia is not representative of a person's potential capabilities. Being identified as dyslexic means that the person brain is utilized differently – his visibly orientated. This visual orientation pre-determinates his thought process which in turn affects how he learns and reacts.

In the context of learning how to read and spell, dyslexics are known to encounter much problem in reading and spelling. This does not mean that he / she can not read and spell, it just means that the traditional method of learning would probably probably not work well as they are not catered to visibly-orientated learners (dyslexics). Thus, the importance of being tested for dyslexia becomes apparent as it can help a person to identify his potential weakness and help him learn how to overcome his difficulties.

Difficulty in spelling and reading, poor concentration, restlessness and problems with keeping track of time – problems associated with dyslexia – all these can become if the condition is identified.

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Recover From Stuttering – Positives and Negatives of Using Fluency Management

Most of you are going to feel great after you have completed a stuttering therapy course in Prolonged Speech, Smooth Speech or equivalent. The feeling of being in charge of your fluency is life-changing in many ways. The positive effects of maintaining fluency are many and varied, and of course, depend on the individual. Some of the positive thoughts and feelings that I had when I was able to maintain consistent fluency for the first time included:

  • I found release by being honest about my stutter and letting people know that I stuttered.
  • Disclosures helped me use my wonderful technique.
  • My first waking thought was no longer my stutter and who I had to talk to that day.
  • I am able to have a relaxed discussion with people, both face-to-face and on the phone.
  • I no longer put off conversations, phone calls and appointments.
  • I no longer worry about what and how I am going to say things.
  • I am a better listener during conversation. I think it's because I am no longer worried about my stutter and am definitely less self-absorbed.
  • I look people in the eye and use more gestures and voice incellection.
  • I am having fun with my fluency and my technique.
  • I now enjoy conversation and no longer use avoidance.
  • I still get nervous about speaking in public, but it's a challenge and I do not shy away from speech challenges anymore.
  • My self-confidence has soared.
  • My whole life has been affected for the better, I am more positive in all aspects of my life.
  • I realize now how much my stutter was holding me back.
  • I wish I had have undergone therapy much earlier in life.
  • I no longer let my stutter and anxieties rule my life.

I thought about the negatives of maintaining fluency and controlling my stutter. The only thing I could think of was: Initially, when I began to use my wonderful new technique, I thought I sounded a little too different. I thought that my friends and family would think my technique was not 'me' and that it sounded strange.

These thoughts were short-lived. Once I decided that controlling the way I spoke less painfully than living with my stutter, and mastering a new fluency technique would give me all these positive life changes, then the answer was a no-brainer. I was going to do what I had to do to manage my fluency. There were never any negative reactions from anyone, only positive comments of encouragement.

For many stutterers, fluency is not the ultimate goal, but for me it is. I now manage my fluency to the point where I sometimes forget that I'm a stutterer. Many people now comment, “I would never pick the fact that you had a stutter.” I still use disclosure from time to time, especially with other concerned stutterers. I can not help but let them know that there is bright light of relief out there, and to seek out a wonderful fluency program as soon as they can. I still have the odd dysfluency now and again, but those instances remind me that I will always be a stutterer, and to address my technique before I open my mouth to speak.

Trust me, the initial effort is worth it! The results are life-changing. If you are concerned about your stutter, do yourself a favor and do it for yourself.

Join me on that wonderful road to fluency.

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Free Advice For Stuttering Activities

As in the previous article, you will have seen how invaluable stuttering activities are to the advancement of your child's progress. Also, in order to facilitate these stuttering activities you will have found it necessary to do stuttering research. In order to help your child you will need to verify that they do have a stuttering disorder, thereby minimizing your stuttering research. There are many challenges for your child in today's society, whether it is having to stand up in front of the class and give a morning talk in primary school or stand up on a podium and give a speech in high school.

These two things have one thing in common being that they are both a form of public speaking. Needless to say there would be special stuttering activities relating to this in your stuttering research. As you may know, stress can aggravate stuttering but it can also aggravate most things in life. Therefore it is something we all need to learn to deal with, whether we stutter or not. If your child would like to or have a need to perform a public speech there are self help groups available if your child is older. That way they can see others in the same position trying to improve their stutter with learning stutter activities in a specific area.

Public speaking comes in many forms such as performing a speech in front of an audience, whether it be at kindergarten or university. But sometimes something that you as a non-stutterer take for granted is something very simple such as ordering an item over a shop counter. This not only draws attention to a stutterer, but can also be potentially embarrassing for them. This requires practice with stuttering activities and diligence with stuttering research.

In person things can be more difficult for your child. Anxiety may give them a reason to not speak out when they really want something or maybe they disagree with someone's comments. Being silent, they may feel is there only option. Everything in life relationships on communication and fortunately your child is able to speak unlike much less fortunately children around the world. You are lucky enough to have stuttering activities to access so as to help your child. Many do not. So how amazing is it that the technology is available to you and your child, in your own home, at your fingertips.

Practice, practice. Just like anything else you may want to learn in life, to keep repeating or practicing will lead you to help your child move forward with their speech. To continue their stuttering activities is vital to their progress also.

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Overcoming Stuttering

Stuttering is quite common in very young children, because they are completely new to talking. If your child is very young and stuttering, typically there is no need to react unless it has been going on for more than 6 months.

If you are an adult and suffering the effects of stuttering, then it can be very important that you get treatment for stuttering. Because of the fact that as you get older you will be expected to mingle with different types of people, you may want to try your best to improve the situation at hand. The condition may not bother you that much while you were young, but once you expand your horizons, like you attend school or go hunting for jobs, you need to be confident enough to express yourself to create a good impression.

Some people only have trouble with stuttering under certain circumstances, like if they must speak in front of other people, or present something that is of importance to a boss or colleague. Then there are the stutterers who have trouble with people that they are used to, often times having trouble expressing their true feelings.For some cases, it is vital that you consult with a professional speech language pathologist so they may come to a conclusion about what is the best way to treat stuttering for you. If you feel that its not too severe, and that you only have bouts with it here and there, here some tips that may help you out.

1. You have to discover what is at the root of the problem. What is it that is stressing you out and causing you to go wild with a stutter? Once you determine what it is for yourself that is wrong, then you need to focus on correcting this one thing. As obvious as this advice sounds, a lot of times it is at the source and ignored by people who stutter.

2. Work on your breathing in your spare time. You may even want to take up meditation to aid in this. Yoga is good too. This is because proper breathing can help with the fluidity of your words when speaking. Also, when speaking, even if stuttering – take your time! do not rush yourself, and say exactly what you intend to even if its difficult to get out. Remember to inhale and then say your thoughts while exhaling.

3. One thing that you can try is singing your words in your free time. Basically, the more error-less speaking time that you get in, the better. Singing usually is not affected by a stutter when people with this speech disorder do it. Although it is strange, it can be the perfect tool for practicing speech.

4. Finally, you must find your voice for yourself. Developing your self-confidence, and not listening to other people who laugh and make fun will make you stand out in a good way. It can also help with your stutter, as other stutterers who finally got fed up and just decided to be themselves discovered.

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Speech Therapy – How to Teach the K and G Sounds

Does your child have trouble producing the K and G sounds? The K and G sounds should be mastered by age 3 1/2. Typically, a child who has trouble with / k / and / g / will substitute the / t / and / d / sounds, respectively. He is attempting to product the sounds with the tongue tip instead of the back of the tongue. These are fairly common speech sound errors, but a child who has these sound substitutions can be very difficult to understand.

Here are some suggestions to help you teach these sounds to your child.

To produce / k / and / g /, the back part of the tongue is raised and pressed against the roof of the mouth (soft palate), stopping all airflow. The tongue tip is lowered. The tongue then drops, allowing the air that has been held behind the tongue to escape suddenly. The / k / is voiceless, produced by airflow. The / g / is produced with the voice “on.”


1. Demonstrate the sound in front of a mirror. Use a spoon or popsicle stick to touch the back of the tongue and the soft palate or roof of the mouth to help the child feel how the sound is made. (Be careful about triggering the gag reflex as you do this.) Have the child put his hand, paper, or a feather close to the lips to feel or see the puffs of air.

2. Help the child identify the part of the tongue to be raised by pressing down on the back of the tongue with a spoon while the child tries to push upward against the spoon.

3. Have the child attempt to say / t / while you hold the tongue tip down.

4. Play listening games to help the child practice discriminating between / t / and / k / or between / d / and / g /. (“Is this a dog?” “Is this a gog?”)

5. Exaggerate the target sound when modeling it.

Have your child practice making / k / and / g / in isolation until he can easily produce the sounds. Then practice words that begin with these sounds. When this is easy for the child, have him practice words with / k / and / g / in the middle and at the ends of words. Only when the child can produce the error sounds correctly in words, should you require him to correctly produce the sounds in sentences.

The / k / and / g / sounds can be difficult for children to master. If your child continues to have difficulty, it is advisable to consult with a speech pathologist for additional help.

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Speech Pathology – Helping People Speak Better

There is one area of ​​medicine that a lot of people are making their way into in order to make a good living. This area that is experiencing a boom is speech pathology. Speech pathology is an area that deals with speech disorders and their treatment. One of the largest speech issues is stuttering. This is where the person struggles to speak and can be related to several factors. The primary reason that a person has this speech disorder can be related to them being shy of speaking in front of other people.

In Speech pathology, a speech pathologist is able to help a person get over this disorder and gain the confidence that they need to speak in front of people all the time without stuttering. Another person that may benefit from speech therapy, is a person that has recently been involved in an accident. Speech pathology can help in training a person to be able to speak again. This is helpful for a person who may have received a head injury and their ability to speak has been impaired. This is when a speech pathologist can help the person learn to speak all over again. These people are frustrated with the fact that they are not able to speak freely and express themselves without limits. This condition can lead to them feeling trapped in their own world, since they are not able to get their thoughts out effectively.

Speech pathology is a field of medicine that is rarely discussed unless you find yourself in a position that you may need it. Then is the only time that many people hear about this line of work. The work of a speech pathologist is one that allows a person to live a normal life through speech just like the rest of us. Speech pathology is necessary to say the least.

Helping a stuttering child should start by initially recognizing the condition, and what exactly is the cause of the problem. Impaired speech is not always related to stuttering conditions. Learning language may initially bring about syllable repeating and sounds. These impairments are natural learning techniques for developing language skills. There are however, stuttering cases that are a sign that you should be concerned. Frustration signs of stutter are displayed through facial muscles and voice when attempting pronunciation of words.

This can often be a very embarrassing thing for a child to have to go through. This leads to lead to a lot of ridicule from the child's friends about this problem. They are ashamed of the fact that they have to go to a speech pathologist and deal with this problem.

Speech pathology can help a child with this problem. This will allow a child to fit in with society a little bit better and help them not be so self-conscious about their issue. If you know of a person who is suffering from speech disorders, you may want to consider suggesting to them possibilities if trying speech pathology to help with their problems.

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