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Old 07-17-2001, 12:01 AM   #1
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how do you stop stuttering???

How do you stop stuttering??? I'm 18, and I know that I've been stuttering for atleast 5 years. It is really getting annoying. Sometimes, the stutter starts in the first couple of words that I say. I get this feeling that I can't get teh word out of my mouth. And when I try, I stutter. Sometimes, the I can say a a whole sentence perfectly, but the stutter will just pop in at certain parts of teh sentence.

What causes it anyways?? Is there any way to fix this?? If I talk more, will it cure it??

I"m getting really really desperate.!!<p>[This message has been edited by semidevil (edited 07-17-2001).]

 
Old 07-17-2001, 11:30 AM   #2
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Re: how do you stop stuttering???

I am a recovering stutterer as well and I know exactly how you feel. It is embarrassing when you start to say something and then it comes out in a garble and the people around you think it's funny and make fun.

For the most part I've gotten much better and almost never stutter. However, I went to speech therapist and that did help. I've actually had many friends who seem to speak normally, who went to speech therapists just to learn to speak properly, which is a great asset in the business world--so even non-stutterers can benefit from speech therapy.

One of the tricks she taught me was to lightly tap my foot when I am speaking and not wanting to stutter. That seemed to do the trick. Something about tapping a rhythm is the answer...also why people don't stutter while singing. Try it and see if it works, but be sure to do it lightly so that others don't realize it. Other than that it might be a good idea to see a speech therapist.

Just a side note, she told me that a large percentage of stutterers are highly intelligent people who tend to be athletic and muscular. That made me feel good about myself a long time ago and so I just kept that knowledge with me. Just thought I'd pass it along.

Good luck and take care!

 
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Old 07-17-2001, 11:54 PM   #3
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Re: how do you stop stuttering???

hey paperClip. thanx for the advice. Really appreciate it. I'm looking forward to following your advice and see what happens. btw, how long did it take you to get rid of stuttering anyways
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anyways, thanx for the help, and if you do have any more advice, feel free to post em. I really want all the help I can.

 
Old 07-18-2001, 01:16 AM   #4
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Re: how do you stop stuttering???

I can't recall how long it took since it was a combination of speech therapy and all her great tips that got me through it. Although for me the foot tapping suggestion worked immediately. She helped me to identify what my problem letters are and that anytime I'm starting off a sentence with them to take my time. But that never works since it's hard enough to carry on a normal conversation as it is.

To this day, I still occasionally slip up and say something like "t-t-t-take my business card". People get a little nervous and sometimes they start to giggle. I really try and use it to my advantage by saying something funny like "that's too many t's for one sentence" or "Man, I sound like a sewing machine". People usually get a good laugh and that makes me laugh too.

I'm trying to think of all the things she told me but right now I'm at a loss. I'll be sure and let you know if I rembember more.

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Re: how do you stop stuttering???

what can i say, i am somewhat speech disabled also. i have a minor clutter. cluttering is the repetition of groups of letters and phrases. unfortunately i have not seen a speech therapist since there are none where i'm from so dealing with it has been a pain.

oddly enough, the foot tapping thing is something i've developed on my own and does work. another thing i've done is word substitution. the experts say thats not exactly a good one. for one thing your sentences don't flow that well using it and you also begin to sound like ***** pig!?! and you really don't want that. for me, it has worked reasonably well. i've been in college for 3 years now and no one knows i have this disability cause i've been able to cleverly work my way around it. whatever method you use, you have to remember that some days are better than others and that this "thing" doesn't go away immediately. i've had it all my life.

 
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