If you deal with this issue and think that you are the only one, guess again. More than 3 million Americans alone deal with this speech impediment. You yourself probably know all too well how difficult it is to live life this way, with the ever present reality of rejection, critisism, or fear of those things.
To be totally honest, there is no single stuttering treatment that works as a cure. However, it is possible to reduce the stutter to the point where you can funtion, and maybe surpass it altogether. Some very famous people have done just this.
Regardless, if you go in search of a stuttering treatment, you must find one that is carefully tailored to who you are. Everyone stutterer has slightly unique symptoms that must be addressed, and preferably by a professional speech pathologist.
There are currently many different ways to treat stuttering issues. Here is a small list of some of your options for stuttering treatment.
There ae medications for this, but make sure that the ones you plan on taking are prescribed by your doctor.
Make sure that the medications you are going to take to reduce stammering are prescribed by your doctor. Certain medications such as risperidone, olanzapine, and haloperidol typically lower the incidence of stammering by 30 to 50 percent. Just make sure that you are fully aware of the side effects. Still this can be a great method of stuttering treatment.
Avoid medications that trigger or increase the severity of stammering. These drugs include SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) such as Zoloft and Prozac. Ritalin, a dopamine agonist, is not recommended as well for stutterers.
Stuttering Modification Therapy
This form does not have the goal to completely stop stutter, because it is impossible. Its job is to simply modify it instead. It also works on getting rid of the urge to avoid social settings,
and decrease the paranoia of dealing with stutter in these environments.
A speech pathologist can work with you on this level to actually help you become an excellent public speaker even with this disorder, which is why this is one of the more common forms of stuttering treatment.
Fluency Shaping stutter Therapy
This one focuses on making use of good articulation, breathing techniqes, and methods for relaxing the person who has the stutter.
When you go through this process you will learn how to breath with your diaphragm, increase tension of the vocal cords as you begin to talk, extending vowel sounds to decrease the speed of which you talk, and lessen the pressure that you put on your articulation.
In fact, 70 or so percent of patients who use this method see great results after sticking with the stuttering treatment for the 1 – 2 suggested years.
There are even devices that have been built to help with the effects of stuttering. There are
many different types, but some of the most common will relay a stutterer’s speech back to him or her so that they can carefully monitor and correct as needed.