Common Fish Oil Supplement Side Effects and How to Avoid Them

People believe that oil extracted from fish is very beneficial, but they do not know that there are many side effects as well. People feel, nothing can happen if they take a double dose of the pills, however these pills when taken more than required cause quite some harm. There are equal amount of fish oil benefits side effects both.

One of the important omega 3 fish oil supplements side effects could be pain in the muscles, fatigue and fever. Some people face body ache and common cold. People who do not take the prescribed quantity of the supplements can face these major problems.

Some people face diarrhea and joint pain. These effects are unexplained and can happen due to excessive intake of the pills made from the oil of fish. Joint pain can be solved only when the correct quantity of the oil is consumed as per age and health of the person. In reality the oil is very helpful for joints, but anything that is consumed in large quantities can be harmful for the body.

Some people even get flu and abdominal pain. The right thing to do is consult a doctor and take advice as to what should be the dosage for you. Another alternative for pills of fish oil are flax seed oil pills, but there are some flax seed oil supplements side effects as well. They too cause irritation to skin and rashes.

The right thing to do when one is facing these issues is to consult an expert nutritionist or doctor. He can give you alternative medicine and that will reduce the effects. He will also recommend the dosage of the capsule.

There are many brands which produce the capsules. It is good to read about each company over the internet first and find out which company company sells the maximum and trust worthy capsules.

Oil extracted from fish like cod, salmon and many more similar fish is good for health and when taken in correct proportion will have more benefits than negative effects.

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Ummm – You’re Not Even Doing the Bare Minimum (An Edgy Conversation)

“Dude, you're just freak'n lazy …”

Not you. That was me about 35 minutes into a boring explanation from a lazy executive about why he could not launch his business in the right direction.

I did apologize. As edgy as I am, I try to be kind, but this was too much. It burst right out of my lips.
And it was true.

It's something that I have been observing more over the last few months.

Despite the fear, the loss, and the uncertainty from the worst period in business history in 8 decades it looks that we are doing less than ever. It just does not add up.

Were we always this content to fail? And then whine about it as if success has nothing to do with the amount of effort that we invest?

So you're a big-shot executive that is under-employed right now. Whey can not you get a second job in retail or work nights doing security at a gas station or delivering pizzas?

My great grandsparents sold match-sticks for a penny a piece during the Great Depression – when a loaf of bread cost about a dime. They were out of work at their factories and yet scrapping with every ounce of effort to realize their dreams

It was a culture of effort back then.

And I miss it sometimes. Great minds help us do great things. But we actually have to do something.

Effort is the great equalizer.

Do not get me wrong; we are not doing nothing. We have jobs (usually), a business, and a fancy title or two.

Our LinkedIn profile is well scripted and our business card says “Consultant”.

But when you cut through all the fluff, here's what you come to realize – we are not doing enough.
Not even the bare minimum.

It's less than that.

It's poor, lazy behavior. In every sense of the idea.

I'm not even sure how we got to this point.

1. We talk ourselves out of action before we even get started.
2. We spend emotion looking good rather then getting results.
3. We debate the plan rather than working on it.
4. We discourage our competition rather than letting it motivate us.
5. We make excuses for our mediocrity.

It takes more.

See. Here's a little secret for you:

Doing the bare minimum is really all you need to be successful.

The bare minimum is enough.

But that might be more than you are doing right now.

Is it time for more?

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Speech Language Pathologists – Traveling Jobs

Traveling jobs are in great demand in the US healthcare industry today. There are many job opportunities available for qualified speech pathologists in the top healthcare facilities throughout the nation. Traveling jobs offer the chance to work in challenging new environments and enjoy a good salary package with many benefits.

Speech Language Pathologists Travel Jobs in the US

Speech pathology traveling jobs are open to both domestic and internationally certified candidates. Speech language pathologists need to have a master's degree or equivalent in speech language pathology and a state-issued license. They must have supervised clinical experience and nine months of postgraduate professional clinical experience. Excellent communication skills are an important qualification.

Well-paid Job with Attractive Benefits

Skilled speech pathologists appointed in traveling jobs can earn excellent salaries and supplementary benefits including:

• Traveling expenses
• Professional liability insurance
• Healthcare insurance
Continuing education programs
• 401 (k) retirement savings plan
• H1b visas and green cards
• Short-term disability insurance
• Immigration processing assistance
• Section 125 Cafeteria Plan
• Additional state license
• Cancer insurance

Seek Assistance of Experienced Staffing Firm

To secure speech pathologist jobs in well-established institutions, mandates fulfilling the prescribed eligibility criteria that seek the assistance of experienced healthcare recruiting agencies. By registering with these agencies, jobseekers can make use of various resources and jobs databases to search for the right opportunities. Resumes can be submitted online or by downloading the application forms available at their websites.

Reliable recruiting agencies enable professionals in speech pathology to easily obtain permanent or temporary jobs in leading hospitals, acute care centers, long-term healthcare clinicians, rehabilitation centers, nursing clinics, home healthcare agencies, acute care clinics and many other facilities.

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Dyslexia – Beyond Reversals

Almost everyone who has heard the term dyslexia knows that it is used to describe a person who is struggling to learn how to read. But many people are still confused about the core deficiency that defines dyslexia. Although the research community is clear about the underlying cause, if you ask someone off the street why a person with dyslexia struggles to read, the answer will likely be, “because they see and write letters backwards.”

This is not the case.

When people first began learning about dyslexia, they know little about the inner workings of the brain. According to the knowledge available at the time, dyslexia appeared to be strongly related to the visual system. This theory remained for many years, but recent brain research has helped us move beyond that idea.

Converging evidence now points to the auditory circuitry of the brain. More specifically, this deficiency is a lack of phonemic awareness, which is the ability to hear a spoken word and break it apart into the individual phonemes, or sounds. Usually the individual can see the letters just fine. The problem is that the brain can not process and separate the individual sounds that make up the word.

In 1994, researchers and education professionals published a consensus paper detailing the components of a working definition for dyslexia. This definition was updated in 2003 and it may well be narrowed and tightened again in the future as brain science moves forward.

The definition also explains that dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence; in fact, many people with dyslexia are extremely bright. This can result in even more problems because young people with dyslexia can sometimes learn to compensate in other ways and seem to be able to read. They may memorize words or guess the words by understanding the context of what they are reading. But as these children with dyslexia get older, although they may have learned to recognize many words, they are not fluent, and actual reading is labored and slow. Consequently they do not like to read, which then creates a chain of events that affects learning in many ways, including such areas as writing, vocabulary and basic background knowledge.

If you are concerned about your child or a student who is not reading as well as her same age peers, do not wait. Evaluations backed by current research can be performed to help pinpoint while a struggling reader may have the under difficulty that defines dyslexia. And if dyslexic traps are found, the good news is that the trajectory is changeable and improvable. The brain can be rewired to recognize and process the sounds in words more effectively.

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Stuttering Is A Gift! Am I Crazy Or Cool To Say This?

The best GIFT ever … STUTTERING! … And you probably already thinking that I am out of my mind. Stuttering? Gift? Crazy? Cool? … Confusing, is not it? Not really!

One of my mentors used to say “anything in life which gives you pain is a source of happiness and strength … you just need to learn how to use it for your advantage”.

I remember, one day we were on the phone. I was frustrated … No matter how hard I was trying, my speech and my life were going NOWHERE. I was very NEGATIVE, FRUSTRATED and HOPELESS.

Here is a short section from the phone call with my mentor:

Chazzler: I hate giving up, but I think it is time to be realistic.

My Mentor: What do you mean, Chazzler?

Chazzler: I am going to quit every single thing I do for my stuttering. I hate my speech and obviously I have to live with this pain all through my life … which I hope is not going to be too long because I can not take this pain anymore. This is one hell of an EMOTIONAL PAIN. It affects my WHOLE LIFE. I HATE IT!

My Mentor: Feelings are illusions, Chazzler. They are the energy around you. Once a pain is NOT always a pain. If you have a big pain, that simply means you have a great chance to make a huge CHANGE in your life. Think about what it would be like to beat that pain.

Chazzler: Yeah, whatever. I do not want to think about stuff which will NEVER happen.

My Mentor: You are trying to beat that pain with “something” Chazzler … and that is wrong! There is only one “thing” who can beat that pain, and that that YOU.

Chazzler: (silent silent)

My Mentor: Remember that what really is valuable is not solving a problem, it is who you have BECOME to solve that problem.

Chazzler: I know, but stuttering is not just a simple problem which can be solved.

My Mentor: I agree. I know how complex and tough it is … but imagine who you have to become in order to resolve this issue … and now imagine what could you achieve in life if you can become that person. You do not realize this but stuttering is a huge gift to you. Once you reach that point you will realize that you have become a totally different person … a MUCH BETTER person! In order to achieve your speaking goals you need to become an overall better person! Stuttering is not a “thing” which you can change just by changing that “thing”. Stuttering is YOU, so you need to change YOURSELF for better if you want to achieve your DESIRED RESULTS.

Chazzler: Great! Now it is not only about my speech but it is about who I am as a person. How cool! Congratulations, you just created me another huge problem … like I did not have enough.

My Mentor: …

By the time it sounded nonsense to me … until I personally experienced it in my life.

You know how some sayings do not make any sense to you until you actually go through the experience?

To achieve your speaking goals in life you need to improve yourself in various areas, acquire new skills, learn more, change, study subjects which will serve you in life, strengthen your belief system, etc.

Stuttering is a HUGE EMOTIONAL PAIN, not a very easy challenge to face. But that means you can become a HUGE person with valuable SKILLS, strong CHARACTER and a concrete VISION and PURPOSE in life.

Now … saying “Stuttering is a gift” … Do you still think I am crazy?

… Think about what you can do for YOURSELF at this point. You can do what needs to be done. Have a specific goal in mind, learn what needs to be learned, improve yourself in areas you need to, grow as a person and as a result you will not surprise it will make it happen!

Do not get me wrong though. You do not have to become perfectly fluent!

At the end of the day, here is what matters:

Do you live a life where stuttering plays NO NEGATIVE role at any point in your life?

Do you do everything and anything you would do if you were a “non-stutterer”.

Do you have social skills which helps you to COMMUNICATE deeply and effectively with others?

If you can answer “Yes” to those questions, then I do not think you would care whether you are named as “stutterer” or not. So, what would all these make you?

A crazy poor guy?


Stuttering is a gift if you can use it for your advantage.

It might be a pain in the beginning but it will worth it.

In order to overcome stuttering you need to become a better person .. and in order to become a better person you need to work on yourself and your skills to become a complete person which will not only lead you to achieve your speaking goals but also will lead you to create a new YOU for yourself and for your loved ones!

… and follow a life pathway where confidence, success and fulfillment will be waiting for you to enjoy this FUN GAME called LIFE.

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Speech Devices and Their Technological Differences Used in Stuttering Treatment

There are two main types of Speech Devices available for the stuttering person to use in their treatment.

One is the DAF speech device and the other is the DMAF speech device.

These two Speech Devices are very different in their technology that is built into each one.

The treatment for stuttering is very specific when it involves Speech Therapy Devices.

The speech therapist who adapts their stuttering treatment with Language Devices, will find these two types, DAF and DMAF, of speech output devices the most frequently recommended.

The two technologies used in these two are very different and the differences are as follows:

First, The DAF device which stands for Delayed Auditory Feedback, is the Most Well Known Device for the treatment of stuttering. This device can be purchased and taken home with the Stutterer to use with day by day speaking situations.

The DAF device allows the stutterer to hear his or her own voice with a time delay, like an echo. The DAF device tricks the brain into thinking that the stutterer is talking in unison with another person. It has been known that when sing or talking in unison with another person the stutterer tends not to stutter. This is called the 'Choral Effect'.

There are two major problems with this device that has come to light.

First, It has been found that the brain can not be tricked to long, so the effect, (Choral Effect), wears off with time.

Second, The DAF device has a problem with background noise to the earpiece. The person is only able to use the device in a quite setting. Using the device outside or in a noisy room is almost impossible because of the constant background noise coming through to the earpiece the person is wearing.

Taking all this into consideration, the Stutter Device that uses DAF technology is only a Temporary Fix to the persons stuttering problem.

The second speech device, DMAF, which stands for Digital Mixed Audit Feedback, uses 'Vocal Tone' as the main technology used. This also can be purchased and taken home for self therapy.

'Vocal Tone', which is produced by the opening and closing of the speakers 'Vocal Folds' (vocal cords) is detected as a Buzzing sound, which we all have inside our bodies when we talk.

This Buzzing sound is actually detected by a sensor within the device and then mixed with the persons 'Real Time Voice'. This sound is then transferred to the earpiece the person is wearing.

This process is called DMAF. The person hears the actual Buzzing sound of the 'Vocal Folds' paralleled with each word that is spoken.

This effect reduces 'Vocal Fold' muscle tension and improves the coordination of the persons speech muscles. This in turn automatically “gets back” the normal muscles functions of fluency, while it helps replace bad stuttering habits with good, relaxed, fluent speech.

There has not been any long term studies on the DMAF speech therapy device that uses Vocal Tone as its main technology. The use that has been noticed so far with the DMAF vocal tone device has been very positive. With more stutterers being introduced to this device, hopefully it will prove to be the device needed for a positive, positive, Self Treatment for the stuttering person.

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What Managers Should Do to Help Their Employee Stutterers

As a manager, you are most times viewed as a motivational tool in the lives of your employees! The stutterers who work for you have hidden talents which you alone need to help them utilize while working for you. You can work with stutterers and still get the results you seek; all you need to do is to keep and carry them along. In this article, you will find out how as a manager, you can be of help to your employees who stutter and still get the best of your organization.

• Put Behind the Today's Fast-Paced System
The today's fast-paced lifestyle is one of the major factors that weakened the mind of every stutterer. As a manager, it's your call to help provide every necessary tool needed to make your organization become what you have planned for it. For stutterers, the best tool you can provide for them is an enabling environment. Provide an environment that accommodates calmness, slow judgment, unhurried decision and low pressure lifestyle. Stutterers are most productive and effective in conditions like this!

• Speak Slowly with them
When you speak with them, try to make it slow. Do not tell them to slow down or interrupt them by finishing a statement for them. Even when you know what they are about to say, try as much as possible to hold yourself, allow them to speak slowly and you will get the information you need. When a stutterer is allowed to speak slowly without any pressure or rush, his speech gets normal with his fluency improved.

• Be the One to Break their Low Self-Esteem
As a manager, your name alone injects fear in stutterers who work for you. Your voice keeps them hot and unstable; and your presence or appearance puts them in-a-want-to-die mood. These things happen to them not because they are dummies, but because they have low self-esteem. Most times they go into the wrong thinking that they are not worthy of working for you. To help these employees, you need to break their low self-esteem by engaging them in a social or friendly conversation each time you are free or when you come across them. Invite them instead to your office and speak to them in a mild and gentle way, tell them the need to be bold irrespective of their condition.

• Speak Highly of them
Another way to help a stutterer in your organization become more efficient is by speaking highly of him. Call him to your office or in a meeting and tell him words like “I know that you do have problem speaking sometimes, but I do not know that you can do better! well that I got to believe in you; that's why I am sending you to a conference to represent me come next month. ” Words like this throws a big challenge to stutterers, but it at the same time makes them. When such a high recognition is made, it gives them the mindset that they are part of the team.

• Do not judge or Abuse them Based on their Nature
There will be a time in the office, when a stutterer will do something that requires judgment or a call to order. Such instances are usually sensitive and so should be taken care of just the same way a normal employee is treated. Do not judge or abuse a stutterer in your organization based on his nature or condition, this will automatically weak his spirit if you do. Learn to handle his case officially and gently not personally or by mockery.

Above all, show love and concern to them. The dream of every stutterer is for people around him to acknowledge who he is and treat him good instead of criticizing or making him object of mockery. Working with stutterers is a lot more interesting, because they tend to be honest and loyal to their employers!

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If You Believe That Your Stutter Will Hold You Back, It’s Your Choice

You might find it difficult to believe, but your stuttering will only hold you back as much as you let it.

Chances are you probably want to get on with your life.

There may be things you want to do such as going for a new job, or taking up new hobby, learning new skills or a finding a boyfriend or girlfriend. Whatever it may be, it's important to you.

Then there's the stuttering.

Yes, there are times when you stutter and you feel bad about it.

How do you react to such setbacks?

Do you feel depressed about it for long periods of time? Or do you get up, bounce back quickly and swing into action? If it's the former, I want you to try a little exercise. It will not take long.

Make a list of 10 people, both male and female who stuttered and went on to become successful and respected in their careers. Do this and write down your results. If you're reading this article then you're already on the Internet. Do a search and come back in 10 minutes.

Right, you're back?

See, I bet you found 10 people!

That's the great thing about the world – the sheer number of people in it.

Whatever problems we have, be it stuttering or something else, other people in the world have also experienced the same, but have chosen not to let their difficulty hold them back, and gone onto do great things in their lives.

If other people can do it, so can you.

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How To Stop Stuttering – Here Are 3 Of The Best Tips

If you stutter or you have a child who stutters, one of your main goals is to find a way to stop the stutter. And yes it is possible. These how to stop stuttering tips have been compiled from a number of suggestions made by researchers, speech therapists, and former stutterers. Here are 3 of the best ones.

Tip # 1 – Stutterers need to be encouraged not to speak too quickly.

Stutterers seem to speak very slowly. But what's actually happening is that they are trying to talk as quickly as possible just to get the words out and be finished with speaking. The result is often a stutter.

When a person stutters, the words get dragged out for a long period of time, so it takes them a long time to finish what they're trying to say.

But it will not work to tell a stutterer to slow down. That just creates more anxiety. Instead we can model the right pace by talking in a slow, relaxed way. By slowing down the rate of speech, in time, stuttering can be reduced or even eliminated.

Tip # 2 – Read out loud.

Often, people who stutter when speaking do not stutter when reading. If you are a stutterer, reading out loud regularly, at a slow but steady pace can help you stop stuttering when you speak.

It works because when you read you are not thinking about what you want to say. Reading aloud can help you to internalize the pace you can comfortably speak at without stuttering. Sometimes this pace will become automatic when you talk, leading to smoother delivery of your words.

Tip # 3 – Breathe properly.

Stutterers do not breathe properly when they speak. They often inhale when starting to talk which is basically the opposite of how it should be done.

To train yourself to breathe properly, take a deep breath before you try to speak. Then exhale as you speak.

It'll take practice for this to become automatic but once it does, you'll right away feel more relaxed when you talk. The more relaxed a person who stutters is, the less they tend to stutter. Learning to regulate your breathing is one of the best ways to stop stuttering.

Stuttering does not have to be a lifelong problem any longer. In time, you can learn how to stop stuttering. Start with these tips.

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Do You Suffer From Neurogenic Stuttering

One of the possible causes of stuttering that is being investigated is what is referred to as neurogenic stuttering . In this type of stuttering, it is suggested that the nerves that are related to speech are not responding properly to direction from the brain.

Stuttering is a speech disorder. It can occur in both adults and children. What happens when someone stutters is that the natural flow of spoken words is disrupted by much repetition of parts of words, whole words, or even of phrases. Or instead of repeating sounds, other stutterers prolong sounds in certain parts of words. Either way, the result is stuttering.

Neurogenic stuttering is often accompanied by a rapid blinking of the eyes. The person's jaw and lips appear tense. They may even experience upper body tremors while trying to get the words out.

Many studies have been conducted to determine both cause and treatment of stuttering. At this point in time, there are no one size fits all answers, but research continues. There is ongoing hope as new treatments and medications are continuously being developed.

Sometimes this speech disorder is referred to as stammering, but this is basically the same thing as stuttering, except it may be less severe.

One mystery attached to stuttering or stammering is that when a person talks to themselves, reads aloud or sings, the stuttering often seems to disappear and the stutterer is clearly understood. It is speculated that the areas of the brain handling speech development are different in stutterers from those with normal language development. Further research is focusing in this area.

In the United States, about three million people suffer from this speech problem. First signs are often noticed between the ages of two and six. It's important to take action once it's appropriate that the child is not outgrowing the stuttering problem. Children who stutter are as intelligent as any other child. But so that they can reach their full potential, provide support and proper speech therapy at a young age, so the problem does not worsen with age.

Do not despair if you or someone you care about stutters. Some very popular people suffering from stuttering in their childhood and went on to overcome the problem and be very successful as adults. Some well known people who were stutters as children include actors James Earl Jones, and Bruce Willis, as well as singer Carly Simon. They have all been very much in the public eye over the years so you see it is possible to overcome stuttering.

The best case scenario for a stutterer is to be in a supportive atmosphere, surrounded by understanding family and friends. A person who stutters should above and beyond all else be accepted for who they are. With encouragement and speech therapy, hopefully the problem can be helped.

Also remember that researchers are constantly searching for new medicines and therapies that can be used to help stutterers. If you or someone you care about, sufferers from neurogenic stuttering , these treatments provide new hope of a cure in the near future.

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Lisps in Children: When to Start Lisp Speech Therapy

Although lisps among young children are fairly common, this issue can still be a source of concern for many parents. The main fear is usually that the lisp will never go away, and that it will potentially become a source of ridicule for the child. This concern is valid; the unfortunate truth is that while society tends to find children with lisps endearing and cute, teenagers and adults who have not managed to get rid of their lisps are often teased and made fun of, and sometimes suffer from self-esteem issues related to their speech impediment.

Make sure to identify whatever what your child has is indeed a lisp, or rather some other sort of phonological speech disadvantage. Lisping is defined as a misarticulation of the silibant / s / and / z / sounds, and may fall under the categories of interdental / frontal, dentalised, palatal, or lateral lisps, depending on the placement of the tongue and how the sound is produced . So, what is to be done if your child has a lisp? Many parents are uncertain as to when to start lisp speech therapy, or wherever they should “wait it out” to see if the lisp goes away on its own.

Firstly, it's important to take your child's age into consideration. It's not uncommon for some young children to lisp up until they are four and a half or five years old. This is because they are still mastering their articulation skills, and the silibant / s / and / z / sounds will often come out sounding either a little bit muffled, or like a / th / sound. If your child is under the age of five and has a lisp, you could consider scheduling an assessment of your child's speech with a speech language pathologist, who would be able to determine whether treatment is necessary. However, if your child is already beyond kindergarten and still speaks with a lisp, then it's important to take action as early as possible, before the lisp becomes a deeply rooted habit that becomes harder to break. Lisps in children beyond the age of five are not considered part of normal speech progress.

Aside from your child's age, there are other factors that should not be ignored, as they may contribute directly to your child's lisp. For example, a missing front tooth, a new retainer or set of braces, or an oral injury could have caused the lisp, in which case treatment may not be an immediate necessity. In the case of an oral deformity, however, it may be necessary for your child to have professional assistance.

Lastly, you should also evaluate whether there is a possible non-physical reason behind your child's lisp. Lisps in children have been known to form out of habit, from imitation of others, as a reaction to stress, or as a way to seek attention. Lisp speech therapy seeks to identify the source of the lisp, and arm your child with games, tools, exercises, and goals to eliminate the lisp over time.

Lisps in children are often identified early-on, usually by parents or teachers, and can be corrected with proper practice and treatment. The best thing that you can do as a parent is to become as informed as possible, and aid your child patiently and encouragingly so that they do not become sensitive, overwhelmed, or frustrated. Even if your child is well into elementary school, or is already a teenager, it's not too late to get them started. There are even grown adults who are completely successful in eliminating their lisps through lisp speech therapy and diligent hard work.

One of the best first steps you can take is to inform yourself further through a good lisp-stopping guide, and to help your child practice the basic exercises that will get them on the right path to proper pronunciation. If you do this early on, you may save yourself the need to pay for expensive professional lisp speech therapy sessions (which can cost between $ 50- $ 80 per hour, over the course of several months to a year or more. of up to $ 300- $ 500 for the initial assessment). An informative guide should only cost about as much a single session ($ 80 or less), and is a good stepping stone to aid you in helping your child. Remember, especially if your child is young, then you as the parent will have a very important role in stimulating and encouraging your child, and keeping them on track so that they can be as successful as possible in eliminating their lisp altogether.

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Lisp Problems and Cures: How to Get Rid of Your Lisp Forever

One of the most common speech and language difficulties that affects both children and adults alike is the common lisp. Lisping is a mispronunciation of the silibant / s / and / z / sounds, and can be attributed to any of several different causes. Some lisps are the result of an oral deformity or injury, which causes the / s / and / z / sounds to become skewed. Many lisps, however, are formed early on during childhood out of habit, as a result of stress, or for attention, and can last into adulthood if left untreated.

There are four main types of lisps :

  1. The Interdental Lisp, or Frontal Lisp, in which the tongue protrudes between the front teeth, creating a / th / sound where an / s / or / z / sound should be.
  2. The Dentalised Lisp, in which the tongue presses against the front teeth or rests against them (but does not protrude between them).
  3. The Palatal Lisp, one of the more uncommon lisp forms, wherein the tongue comes into contact with the soft palate, which is located at the far back part of the roof of the mouth.
  4. The Lateral Lisp, sometimes known as a Wet Lisp, or Slushy Lisp, because the air flows over the sides of the tongue, creating a slushy lisp sound.

Both interdental (frontal) lisps and dentalised lisps can often occur in young children under the age of five, who are still learning how to produce the / s / and / z / sounds correctly, and these lisps often go away on their own. However, if the lisp persists beyond age five, then it could be a true speech problem that needs to be assessed and treated.

Most people who have lisps are easy to understand when they speak, but many suffer a great deal from constant embarrassment, teasing, self-consciousness, and frustration at not being able to produce certain sounds the way that they wish to. One of the main questions that people with lisps ask is, “Is it really possible to get rid of my lisp forever?” Fortunately, the answer is yes . It is possible to get rid of your lisp, and with proper time, effort, and treatment, people are successful in overcoming even the most severe problems.

The best way to truly get rid of your lisp forever, without having a relapse, is to be extremely diligent in your efforts, no matter what kind of program or treatment you're following. Speech Language Pathologists can help you to assess what kind of lisp you have, and provide a series of treatment sessions to help you to eliminate your lisp over time. However, be forewarned: this route, while usually effective, can be very expensive. The initial evaluation alone may cost a few hundred dollars ($ 300- $ 500), and for each hour-long session afterwards, you can usually expect to pay around $ 50- $ 80, over the course of several months or more of treatment.

There are also numerous self-help programs that you can try, with the goal of being able to get rid of your lisp on your own at home. The important thing to remember is that if you go this route, you must be self-motivated and push yourself to practice on your own, if you really want to see results. Using a self-help program is usually much less expensive than consulting professional help. A self-help lisp program might cost between $ 100- $ 150 in total (or sometimes as little as $ 70- $ 80), as opposed to possibly paying as much as $ 600- $ 1,000 or more for sessions with a Speech Language Pathologist. Therefore, it would be advisable to invest first in a good quality self-help guide or program to see what you are capable of accomplishing on your own, at a much lower cost. If you find that you are unsuccessful on your own, the next step would be to seek professional treatment.

Remember, the method that you use to get rid of your lisp is not as important as the result, (which is, of course, to speak clearly, confidently, and lisp-free). But in order to attain that result, you're still going to have to do the work. If you are prepared to put in the necessary time and effort, then you have a high chance of success. However, if you can not get yourself to practice, do your exercises, and be open-minded with a positive attitude, then even the best Speech Language Pathologist in the world can not help you. Getting rid of your lisp forever is possible, but in the end it's up to you to make it happen for yourself. Be diligent, do not become overwhelmed with frustration, keep trying, learn from your mistakes, and soon you'll be one of the many people in the world who has freed themselves from their lending problem once and for all.

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Speech Therapy Activities for My Stuttering

My stuttering developed when I was around 12. My parents let me go with the flow until I was around 13. I was entering the final year of my grammar school and had two choices: a few months camp where they teach me stuttering therapy techniques or therapy activities three times a week before school. I choose the second one, because I did not want to be locked away.

My first speech therapist was an old lady, a logopedic, who had been dealing with stuttering children like me for past 20 years. The speech therapy activities were pure logopedic and involved reading out loud, learn how to articulate when reading and speaking, reading out loud and then repeating it to keep me focused on the content, breath in the beginning of the sentence or if there is a comma in the text and learn how to speak slowly. I did very well and the results were visible just after few months. I started in September and by December my self-confidence was back and I was able to talk much more fluent.

But my therapist had to move to another city and as I was not practicing at home, the speech got back to where it had been before September. At the age of 16 I started another speech therapy activities for my speech stuttering. This time it was a psychologist and the main point was to analyze my feelings, reasons for speech stammering, my background and other things related to my personal past and future. We did hypnosis, breathing exercises and it all took more than 5 years. It did not help my speech, but it helped to understand myself better and get over the most difficult period of my life which was the teen age.

The last speech therapy exercises started with a stuttering therapist who was in the top 3 in Slovakia at that time. We did a lot of breathing exercises – breathing into the belly, not chest, starting every sentence really soft, reading out loud and other stuff which helped again. After nearly one year I was “declared” as healthy.

I am 32 now and still stutter. All those speech therapy activities helped me a lot, but as I was not practicing every single day I was not able to get them 100% into the reality. BUT, there were other activities regarding my self-confidence which helped and that is why I am fluent when I want to be.

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No Longer Lost For Words

The doctor on the phone asked if I could cure stammers. I told her the truth. I did not know. No one had ever asked me to treat a stammer. I understood there was lots of literature suggesting stammers responded very well to hypnotherapy but admitted I was wary of the claims.

As it was evident that the doctor was not a stammerer, I asked who had the problem. Her son was 17 and had always stammered. He had never not-stammered. I asked what else she could tell me about him. He'd had two years' of weekly speech therapy with no sign of improvement. He had been diagnosed ADHD a few years previously and ritalined. And there were dad issues.

I explained that I might not be able to hypnotize her son, in which case there was nothing I could do, and that even if I could hypnotize him I still did not know if I could help.

The nurse said she was summoned to a hypnotherapist in the West End who guaranteed a positive result. I said she'd better take her son there. She said the West End therapist only spoke about money but I did want to know about her son, so could she bring him to me? We made an appointment.

My son sang in a choir. One of the other choristers, Alec, had a stammer. I'd ask him how he was and he'd say “I'm fer-fer-fe-fine, thank you.” That was the amount of my experience of stammers. It did not prepare me for Chris.

He came with his mum. As usual, I set about taking his case history from him. (I always take the case history from the patient, even when they are seven.) I asked, “When I hypnotize you, what do you want me to do for you?”

“I'd lerrrrrrrrr …” and it had started. I sat and watched in amazement and horror as Chris became increasing wrapped around the word, “like,” he was trying to say. His head jerked down towards his lap. His shoulders folded-round in front of his chest. His heels came off the floor and his knees drew up towards his chin. And for two minutes and thirteen seconds plus whatever time had elapsed before it dawned on me to time it, Chris was completely locked around the word he could not say. When the stammer let him go it literally did that; let him go, and he was able to unwrap himself and sit again again.

It was one of the most pitiful things I have ever seen and I knew, instantly, that I could not do anything to relate him of his stammer – any more than I could help a patient who wanted to get on my couch with one leg and get off again with two.

I asked him if he could stop trying to say the word and get out of the stammer, but no. Once the stammer set in he had no control.

We got down to the dad stuff. He did not want to talk about his dad. I asked his mum. Dad had gone when Chris was two. Chris had not seen him until he was 15, when they met in a restaurant. Dad was drunk, thread insults around about Chris's mother and, finally, hit Chris across the back of his head with a wine bottle, snapping the bottle's neck off. Chris's mum had not been aware of this.

After that, Chris went off the rails; got in with a bad crowd, did some drugs, smoked. Chris thought his dad was the cause of all his problems. His mum asked if I could help with that too.

It's difficult to explain what happened next, not least because I'm pretty sure I should not have done it and absolutely certain I should not admit it here. I said we'd have to wait and see about dealing with the dad stuff as we were here to solve the stammer and that was more than enough to be going on with. What's wrong with that? Well, I thought I could deal with the dad stuff and really wanted to focus on that because I was certain I could not help with the stammer. So, being brutally honest, I was withholding the prospect of treating the dad stuff to make mum, at least, want it more.

I told Chris that, one day, not today but one day, he was going to have to get his dad out of his system. I used the analogy of the scene in the Cowboy and Indian movies when the cavalry officer gets an arrow in his chest. He knows he has to pull it out, but the arrow has a bar so he knows it's going to hurt like hell. But the longer he leaves it in, the longer it will be before the wound can heal. Sooner or later, Chris was going have to find the balls to pull the arrow out.

I finished the case history and invited Chris to lie on my couch. His mum came into the consulting room too and I sat her just out of his peripheral vision.

A wrist-lift induction was followed by a 10-0 countdown which I extended to -5, and then I tried for IMRs. The Yes finger was so strong I suspect Chris was acting (that is, lifting his finger consciously). I said, “Rest and relax,” which is what I usually say to indicate I've seen the response and the finger can go down. It stayed up. So I applied a little pressure with my own finger, and his did not budge. And that, I thought, was interesting. If he'd been acting, he certainly had understood I wanted his finger down. I had to press hard to get it down. I got a thumb from the same hand for No and, again, it refused to go down untilforced. On balance, I still thought he was acting and not quite getting it. His mum, however, was highly impressed and digging into the tissues because his son was (obviously!?!) About to get his miracle.

I asked Chris's subconscious mind if it was ready to give up his stammer?

Yes. (Yeah, right, of course. But mum loved it and reached for another tissue.)

I tried to elaborate. “You see, I do not think there's any point in gradual improvements here.


“So you've prepared to give the stamper up completely, today, here on this couch, are you?”

Yes. (I was trying so hard to get a NO because I knew it was not going to happen.)

“All right then. I'll come back to that in a few minutes. Is that OK with you? ”


“OK. So I'm going to install a tap in his neck just here” (I indicated a spot on his neck which would have been his carotid artery if only his neck had been back to front) “and then I'm going to drain all the hurt away as I count down from five to zero.


I installed the tap. Or, rather, I pressed the blunt end of a small screwdriver against the forecast point and countdown down. Nothing happened except mum needed, and helped herself to, another tissue.

“Now, I told Chris he was going to have to get rid of this arrow” (I tapped his left pectoral) “and throw it away.” (You see, I was still after some kind of positive exit.)

No. (Damn OK, So call me a bad therapist.) I know it's not about what I want. He wanted not-now. Grrr. But it was not a straight forward no. It was a bit no, a bit yes, a bit more no and not a lot more yes. I think I was still in with a chance. .)

“I know, I know. What will life be like without all that stuff? How about this? How about we take it out now and instead of throwing it away, you give it to me. and, if you want, I'll stick it back in? ”


“You just want to leave it in?”


“You want to take it out?”


“And throw it away?”


“Cool. Go on then. Take it out and throw it away.”

His hand came up to his right pec, not his left as I had indicated, and he wrestled with it as he pushed it out. Now he was crying and I was having to queue behind his mum for access to the tissue box so I could wipe his face. He got the arrow out and chucked it. Chris, his mum and I were in Richmond. The arrow was in Armenia.

“Remember you said you were ready to abandon the stammer?”


“Right. Well” (basically I have no idea how to do this, so …) “in a moment I'm going to clap my hands like this.” CLAP. “And the next time I clap my hands like that, drop the stammer, OK? So Chris can express himself clearly and fluently.”


“Ready, then.

And Chris jerked forwards on the couch, his back and head lifting several inches off the material he had been resting against, before dropping back. Mum was a wreck. And I was desperate. Why? Because I knew I was going to have to wake him up and ask how he was. And he was going to stammer and his mum was going to suffer the biggest disappointment of her life. Everything I'd tried to avoid this result had failed, and I was shafted. I did some other stuff of no consequence to delay the inevitable but finally I had no choice but to wake him.

“Where have I been?” he asked.

“You've been on a journey,” said mum.

“There was this white light.” Bright white light And pain. “Such a lot of pain.” Then you stuck something in my neck and the pain ran away. ”

And I was thinking, 'You have not stammered. Shut up now. Do not say another word. Do not spoil it. '

“Mum? Why were you so sad?”

“What do you mean, Chris?” Mum had been going through the tissues but she had not made any noise.

“Anyway, it's all right mum. Do not be sad.” He looked around the ceiling. “It's gone. I can not stammer. Hey, mum. I can say 'stammer.'”

That was one of several words he had been completely incapable of saying.

“Dad's gone too. Hey, I can say 'dad.' I want to be a hypnotherapist when I'm older.

We chatted, the three of us, for half an hour. No stammer. I tried to play down expectations, explaining that the good news was now now known Chris could be stammer-free for thirty minutes. We've got to see how long it lasted. If it was an hour we could make it 24. If it was a day we could make it a week, and so on.

Chris came back the next week, without his mum. Instead, he bought his girlfriend. He had not had one of them the previous week. In fact, when I opened the door I found Chris, his girlfriend, and two other kids from his college who'd just come to gawp at the guy who gave Chris his miracle. ”

I was lost for words.

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The Causes Of Stuttering – Knowing The Cause Can Help With A Cure

No one has been able to identify the exact reasons why some people stutter and some do not. But there are a number of factors that are sometimes thought to be causes of stuttering. In order to stop stuttering, you first need to understand what causes your stutter in the first place.

1. Stress And Anxiety

Although not considered to be a true cause of stuttering by researchers, you will not need to get those who suffer with a stammer to agree. For many stutterers, feelings of stress and anxiety are present when they are st.

Some stuttering particularly in young children happens during normal speech and language development. Many children stutter at some point when they are learning to talk. This type of stuttering may be referred to as developmental and is the most common. It usually occurs between ages two and eight.

Most kids outgrow this stuttering without any kind of intervention. As a parent the best thing you can do is to ignore the problem, so as not to draw undue attention to it.

When you are critical of how your child is speaking, they can become quite anxious and upset. In their efforts to please you, they can become frustrated when they are unable to speak without stuttering.

Criticism will not correct the problem and in fact may make it worse. Instead of the stutter disappearing naturally as language develops, what can happen is that it remains as part of the learned speech pattern.

Avoid this minimizing stress and anxiety. Stuttering, even in adults, is worse when a person is facing a stressful situation.

2 Differences In The Brain

Studies are beginning to unforgettable some interesting observations. There seem to be some differences in the part of the brain associated with speech and language development, between stutterers and those who are not stutterers.

Although this can sound worried, it really is not. As research continues, pinpointing more accurately what is different and exactly what is happening in the brain, new treatments for stuttering can be developed to cure the stuttering referred to as neurogenic stuttering.

3 Psychological Issues

Some medical professionals feel that stuttering is a psychological problem. That's not really surprising when you consider the tension involved when a stutterer tries to get his words out without stammering.

It can be a source of embarrassment for adults both in the world of work and socially. Stuttering can destroy self-confidence, create a poor self-image and lead to depression.

It's difficult to change this negative self-image without progress can be made with the stuttering problem because it is so tied into the stuttering. The longer the problem exists, the more it affects the stutterer in every facet of life.

You may want to visit your family doctor to discuss possible courses of action to deal with the issue of depression and get recommendations about treating this speech disorder. There are also lots of good resources available online.

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