Often, in events like interviews or at the time of giving speech or lectures, in fact for the first time doers, it could be obvious that because of any kind of nervousness or fear of delivering their best, people once stammer or forget to say words or could possibly skip two-three words again. It’s Okay!
It’s perfectly been understood if it’s the first time, as it happened to me also. But since their childhood, whether it’s a male or female stammers, it becomes a bit unusual for the people who are listening to them or want to communicate with them. If I am talking about kids, if they stammer, it’s common for kids up to 2-3 years but beyond 3 years of age or 5 years of age, it’s not common, this goes to that condition of even like forgetting or not speaking words at times when it’s actually needed.
I personally noticed around when people stammer, they a kind of become conscious when they see crowd or group of people who try to hear his/her stammering voice closely. So often, the people who stammer say things and communicate their words and do the entire conversation in such a way that people can’t easily make out that they could even have the problem of stammering. At some time or at some place, speaking words becomes somewhat important, and better if a person who stammers should avoid it. It’s not at all like, if a person stammers, he/she wouldn’t say clear words or would face difficulty in completing the whole sentence, but in fact, they would speak correctly indeed fluently, but at another moment, they could even struggle to speak.
POSSIBLE CAUSES/INITIAL SIGNS OF SOMEONE WHO STAMMERS
The question arises here that from where it all begins actually? When someone starts to stammer or stutter, we usually think it starts at the moment, but in a number of cases it comes out to be a person’s neurological condition and it is how, it can make a difference in the functioning of a person’s brain, if being compared with the brain of a person who stammers/stutters.
Stammering often can come along in genetic factors of a person. While stuttering is being involved in genes, a child may stammer/stutter, if any close person or a family member has this kind of speech disorder, so it is likely possible that it could continue in further generations.
Another root cause, stated by speech therapists is about Neurogenitical conditions which give rise to behaviors of stammering/stuttering. This causes dysfunctional signals between brain and speech directed nerves which could be basically caused by any brain injury or any stroke, causes may become intense around dementia and Parkinson’s.
Stammering or stuttering can also be initiated at psychological levels. When fear, embarrassment, anxiety and all of the above cause ‘stress’ can make a person stammer, in another sense, these are not actually the root causes. Actually, they can make a person disapprove or denounce from his/her own speech problem which can even make the arising indications worse.
There are some behaviors which are specific to stammering/stuttering which could be paid attention to and even noticed :
If anyone is feeling hesitated or trying to repeat certain things and words or often saying ‘eer’ or ‘um’ in between always doesn’t mean that they particularly are having the problem of stammering.
TALKING TO A THERAPIST BECOMES ESSENTIAL
In many cases, a Speech Therapist or a Speech Pathologist helps a stammerer to determine his/her behaviors and till what extent, stammering or stuttering could impact him/her on the basis of their daily activities and could help improve how to speak and related speech skills.
Some of the tips include for people living with a stammerer (children) :
It is regarded as the regular flow of breathing which helps a child to say or speak words with utmost fluency keeping the muscles related to speech more relaxed.
This technique would help to play the voice back just after a fraction of second after saying something.
Generally, boys have the tendency to stammer more than girls. But after coming into adulthood, stammering/stuttering to an extent can be minimized.
Under this technique, a stammerer has been made to acknowledge the lines or the words on which they stop and stutter, a generous effort is made not to avoid them, which includes “Voluntary Stuttering”.
In this technique, the speech therapist along with a client who stammers, sits and discusses over how stuttering or related issues has been affecting the personal life of a stammerer and efforts are being put to eradicate the same.
This technique is much easier and handy as whenever a person stops on or before saying a word, could tap the fingers on the knees to slow down the rate of stammering.
Another helpful option is when one can get help from the community or support groups combining of stammerers. As this will help them to feel free and they would open up in that non-judgemental environment.
Good Luck with all the vital health!