Speech Therapy

Treatment of Stammering

    Fluency Shaping Therapy:

    • This therapy is also called “speak more fluently” within common man.
    • Therapists trains sufferers to control breath, voice, and movement of lips, jaw, and tongue
    • Stutterers reduce rate of speaking by stretching vowels and consonants
    • The result is slow, monotonic and is done only at the speech clinic
    • Once the stutterers master in the above, they are taught to use the same outside the clinical in their day today interactions

    Stuttering Modification Therapy:

    • This aims at making the stuttering more easier and effortless
    • Fear , anxiety and the feeling of avoidance is checked to decrease stuttering

    Usage of Electronic Fluency Devices:
    Stutters sometimes use digital devices which alters the speaker’s words slightly such that the sounds appear coming from one person at the same pitch.

    Medications:
    Use of few pharmacological agents, such as benzodiazepines, anti-convulsants, anti-depressants, anti-psychotic and anti-hypertensive medications; and dopamine antagonists for treating stammering has shown extremely low positivity. But their prolonged use caused many side effects like- weight gain and increase in the blood pressure level. Others are under clinical trails.

    Support Groups and Self-Help Organizations:
    Many support groups have started making efforts in treating stammering in children. They take all possible simple and easy steps for treatment with minimal cost.

    Facts about Stammering:

    • about 65% of preschoolers recover in first 2 years of stuttering
    • about 74% recover by their early adolescence
    • girls seem to recover well
    • no cure is known in adults but partial recovery may be seen with efforts
    • about 5% of individuals stutter at one time
    • about 2.5% of children under 5years stammer

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