Therapies For Stuttering And Stammering
I am somebody who was unfortunate to develop a stutter, or what some people call a stammer at the age of
four, I continued to have speech difficulties until the age of twenty-two. These eighteen years were a complete
nightmare and were without doubt the worst years of my life.
Many aspects of life were made so much harder due to the fact that I had this speech impediment, for example I
found it very hard to order food and drinks at a bar, I would struggle to answer the phone and with making phone
calls and I certainly would have not even considered ever giving a public speech.
Throughout this troublesome eighteen year period I attended the traditional forms of speech therapy without any
real success. These so called speech therapy specialists are nice enough people however they openly admit that they
do not know how to cure a stutter. At least they are being honest I suppose.
Fortunately these days (2008) there are numerous treatment options for people who have a stammer or stutter. There
are specialist stuttering therapy coaches, such as Steve Hill who runs the How to Stop Stuttering Centre in the UK
. Steve runs intensive one-to-one speech courses which are over either a three or five-day period.
These courses are extremely popular and there is normally a waiting time of four months before a person can expect
to attend one of he courses. Steve offers continued support after the course where he helps people with additional
advice for as long as is required.
A one-to-one course is not suitable for everyone of course and for those people who are unable to attend a speech
course there are also a number of self-help options. These include audio books, DVD'S and e-books.
The stuttering therapies do of course require hard work and
determination if the person is to be able to gain total fluency, however for any person who has had to live life
with a stutter, this is more than acceptable.
There is no longer any need to have to live with the constant fear of stuttering. Why accept second best when the
opportunity to achieve fluency is out there?