About three million people stutter in the United States – and many more in places all over the world. Interestingly, men are much more likely to stutter than women – for every female stutterer, there are four male stutterers on average.
It’s a condition that affects some people more than others, and you might be totally fine in some situations but have to deal with severe stuttering in other cases.
Here are some tips to help you better deal with stuttering:
Nobody Speaks Perfect
If you spend some time really listening to other people, you will see that they don’t speak perfect either. Pretty much any magazine and TV interview is heavily edited to cut out all the “um” and “ah… and “and, and…” and “errr…” that people use when speaking more than three sentences in a row.
So realize that everybody makes errors when they speak, it’s completely normal. If you’re too self-conscious about your speak, it will only make things worse.
In fact, there is a long list of famous people who have had stuttering problems. Don’t ever allow yourself to use stuttering as an excuse for not succeeding in life. People like Tiger Woods, the best paid athlete ever, Winston Churchill, one of the most influential politicians of the last century, award-winning Actor James Earl Jones, action star Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts, the singer Bill Withers, business tycoon Jack Welch (you can even listen to him talking about his childhood stammering),
Make Informed, Independent Stuttering Treatment Decisions
The largest stuttering associations and support groups have all been founded more than 20 years ago. Oftentimes, they still reflect certain ideas and paradigms that existed in these days.
One of the most prevalent statements is that there is no quick cure for stuttering, and that the only way to overcome stuttering is to visit a trained and certified speech therapist.
A speech therapist costs on average $50 per hour – that’s a lot of money, specially when you consider that most treatments these therapists offer last 20 -100 hours – plus, the results aren’t guaranteed.
In a way it’s almost against their interest to help you to overcome your stuttering quickly, because they can make a lot more money from when by keeping you stuttering when they charge by the hour.
Freedom From Doctrine
There are a lot of theories that try to explain what causes stuttering. It’s good to know about these theories and be informed about them. But what often happens is that people start to belief that a certain theory about the causes of stuttering is right, and then they base all their actions to stop stuttering on this theoretical framework.
The fact is, if something works, then it’s worth trying it even if it doesn’t fit into your “concept” of what stuttering is, what’s caused it and how to overcome it. Keep an open mind and be willing to try things that might even contradict your current ideas, as long as they work for other people and don’t pose a threat to your health.