Stammering or Stuttering

Homeopathic treatment

Homeopathy proposes a distinguished approach in the treatment of stuttering or stammering. The treatment is constitutional having a holistic approach and believing in the concept of treating the whole person.

Homeopathy always considers a patient's mental framework in all cases; and remedies are given acting at the level of mind and body together. The remedies effectively deal with virtually every aspect of the problem simultaneously. The constitutional treatment will help restructure defective muscle contractions and rejuvenate fluent speech. Homeopathic constitutional treatment will also help eliminate anxiety disorders, phobias, help build self esteem and self confidence, which may have contributed to the stammering.

The remedies are harmless and effective for adults as well as children. Another exceptional thing about homeopathy is that people on multiple medications can safely take them. The remedies are non-habit forming and have no addictive characteristics. Homeopathy has an exceptional proven safety record with the FDA with more than 200 years of clinical effectiveness. The remedies are natural, gentle, harmless, and easy to take, are regulated by the FDA and prepared according to the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States.

In homeopathy there are specific remedies for stammering in different situations:

  • in children.
  • in people after coition.
  • in children during dentition.
  • during excitement.
  • some people exert themselves a long time before they can utter a word.
  • when people talking fast.
  • only when last words of the sentence pronounced.
  • during singing.
  • while talking to strangers.
  • in typhoid fever.
  • from vexation.

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There are many treatments and speech therapy techniques available that may help increase fluency in some stammerers. However there is essentially no "cure" for the disorder at present in allopathic or conventional system of medicine.

Fluency shaping therapy

Fluency shaping therapy, also known as "speak more fluently", "prolonged speech" or "connected speech", trains stutterers to speak fluently by controlling their breathing, phonation, and articulation (lips, jaw, and tongue). It is based on operant conditioning techniques. Stammerers are trained to reduce their speaking rate by stretching vowels and consonants, and using other fluency techniques such as continuous airflow and soft speech contacts. The result is very slow, monotonic, but fluent speech, used only in the speech clinic. After the stutterer masters these fluency skills, the speaking rate and intonation are increased gradually. This more normal-sounding, fluent speech is then transferred to daily life outside the speech clinic, though lack of speech naturalness at the end of treatment remains a frequent criticism. Fluency shaping approaches are often taught in intensive group therapy programs, which may take two to three weeks to complete, but more recently the Camper down program, using a much shorter schedule, has been shown to be effective.

Stuttering modification therapy

The goal of stuttering modification therapy is not to eliminate stammering but to modify it so that it is easier and less effortful. The rationale is that since fear and anxiety causes increased stammering, using easier stuttering and with less fear and avoidance, stuttering will decrease. The most widely known approach was published by Charles Van Riper in 1973 and is also known as block modification therapy.

Electronic fluency devices

Altered auditory feedback, so that stutterers hear their voice differently, have been used for over 50 years in the treatment of stammering. Altered auditory feedback effect can be produced by speaking in chorus with another person, by blocking out the stutterer's voice while talking (masking), by delaying the stutterer's voice slightly (delayed auditory feedback) and/or by altering the frequency of the feedback (frequency altered feedback). Studies of these techniques have had mixed results, with some people showing substantial reductions in stuttering, while others improved only slightly or not at all. In a 2006 review of the efficacy of treatments, none of the studies on altered auditory feedback met the criteria for experimental quality, such as the presence of control groups.

Anti-stuttering medications

The effectiveness of pharmacological agents, such as benzodiazepines, anti-convulsants, anti-depressants, antipsychotic and antihypertensive medications, and dopamine antagonists in the treatment of stammering has been evaluated in studies involving both adults and children. A comprehensive review of pharmacological treatments in 2006 concluded that few of the drug trials were methodologically sound. Of those that were, only one, not unflawed study, showed a reduction in the frequency of stuttering to less than 5% of words spoken. In addition, potentially serious side effects of pharmacological treatments were noted such as weight gain and the potential for blood pressure increase. There is one new drug studied especially for stuttering named pagoclone with side effects of headache and fatigue reported in a minority of those treated.

Support groups and the self-help movement

With existing behavioral, prosthetic, and pharmaceutical treatments providing limited relief from the overt symptoms of stuttering or stammering, support groups and the self-help movement continues to gain popularity and support by professionals and people who stutter. One of the basic tenets behind the self-help movement is that since a cure does not exist, quality of living can be improved by improved acceptance of self and stammering.

Diaphragmatic breathing

Several treatment initiatives advocate diaphragmatic breathing (or costal breathing) as a means by which stammering can be controlled. Performing vocal artists, who have strengthened their diaphragm, tend to stutter when speaking but not when singing because singing involves voluntary diaphragm usage while speaking involves involuntary diaphragm usage primarily.

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What is stammering or stuttering

Stammering or stuttering is a disorder of speech fluency. A person who stutters often repeats speech sounds (k-k-k-kiran), syllables (ki-ki-ki-kiran), parts of words, whole words, phrases or stretches sounds. A person may sometimes be unable to start a word or may produce no sound between words.

The other symptoms which may be associated with stuttering are: blinking of eyes, tremor or muscle tension in the lips, jaw, tongue, face, or upper body. A person who shatters may be quite fluent while singing or conversing with a friend or spouse, but his stammering may increase while speaking before a group, ordering a meal at a restaurant or speaking on the telephone or in some cases it occurs while talking to the strangers.

Stammering is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases, and involuntary silent pauses or blocks in which the stutterer is unable to produce sounds.

  • Repetition occurs when a unit of speech, such as a sound, syllable, word, or phrase is repeated and is typical in children who are beginning to stutter. For example, "to-to-to-tomorrow".
  • Prolongations are the unnatural lengthening of continuant sounds, for example, mmmmmmmmmilk". Prolongations are also common in children beginning to stammer.
  • Blocks are inappropriate cessation of sound and air, often associated with freezing of the movement of the tongue, lips and / or vocal folds. Blocks often develop later, and can be associated with muscle tension and effort.

Signs & symptoms

These are the expressions that a person may exhibit when attempting to speak:

  • Difficulty starting a word or a sentence
  • Repetition of words or prolongation of speech sounds
  • Labored speech
  • Loud or high pitch voice
  • Rapid eye blinks
  • Quivering of the lips or jaw
  • Tension of facial muscles
  • Shallow breathing while talking
  • Talking before a group or on the phone can make stammering worse
  • Problems starting a word, phrase or sentence
  • Hesitation before certain sounds have to be uttered
  • Repeating a sound, word or syllable
  • Certain speech sounds may be prolonged
  • Speech may come out in spurts
  • Words with certain sounds are substituted for others (circumlocution)
  • Rapid blinking (when trying to talk)
  • Trembling lips (when trying to talk)
  • Foot may tap (when trying to talk)
  • Trembling jaw (when trying to talk)
  • Face and / or upper body tighten up (when trying to talk)
  • Some may appear out of breath when talking
  • Interjection, such as "uhm" used more frequently before attempting to utter certain sounds.

Causes

The exact etiology of stuttering or stammering is unknown, both genetics and neurophysiology are thought to play a role. The following factors may trigger / cause stuttering:

  • Developmental stammering: As children learn to speak they often stutter, especially early on when their speech and language skills are not developed enough to race along at the same speed as what they want to say. The majority of children experience fewer and fewer symptoms as this developmental stage progresses until they can speak flowingly.
  • Neurogenic stammering: When the brain is unable to coordinate between the brain and muscles. When the signals between the brain and speech nerves and muscles are not working properly. This may affect children, but may also affect adults after a stroke or some brain injury. In rare cases neurogenic stuttering results in lesions (abnormal tissue) in the motor speech area of the brain.
  • Psychological factors: Psychological factors may make stammering worse for people who stutter, such as stress, embarrassment, etc., but they are not generally seen as underlying long-term factors. In other words, anxiety, low self-esteem, nervousness, and stress therefore do not cause stuttering per se. Rather, they are the result of living with a stigmatized speech problem which can sometimes make symptoms worse. Psychogenic stuttering may also arise after a traumatic experience such as bereavement, the breakup of a relationship or as the psychological reaction to physical trauma. The stuttering in this condition is of sudden onset and associated with a significant event.
  • Hereditary
  • Stroke
  • Vocal cord injury
  • Brain injury
  • Emotional dilemmas like lack of confidence, fear, denial, stress, teasing etc.
  • Certain drugs as anti depressants, anti histamines, tranquilizers, etc. taken by Mom during pregnancy can lead to stammering in children.
  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Ill-fitting dentures

Risk factors

  • Family history: Approximately half of all children who have a stammer that persists beyond the developmental stage of language have a close family member who stutters. If a young child has a stutter and also a close family member who stutters, his / her chances of that stutter continuing are much greater.
  • Age when stutter starts: A child who starts stuttering before 3.5 years of age is less likely to be stuttering later on in life. The earlier the stuttering starts the less likely it is to continue long term.
  • Time since stuttering started: About three-quarters of all young children who stutter will stop doing so with one or two years without speech therapy. The longer the stuttering continues the more likely it is that the problem will become longterm without professional help (and even with professional help).
  • Sex of the person: Long-term stammering is four times more common among boys than girls. Experts believe there may be neurological reasons for this, while others blame the way family members react to little boys' stuttering compared to little girls' stuttering. However, nobody is really sure what the reason is.

When to seek professional help

Experts say that parents should consider visiting their GP (general practitioner, primary care physician) when:

  • The child's stuttering has persisted for over six months
  • When the stuttering occurs more frequently
  • When it is accompanied with tightness of the facial and upper body muscles
  • When it interferes with the child's schoolwork
  • When it causes emotional difficulties, such as fear of places or situations
  • When it persists after the child is 5 years old

Diagnosis

Stammering can be diagnosed and treated by speech evaluation in a child who continues to stutter beyond 5 years of age. Some aspects are obvious to everyone, while others are not. To have a comprehensive and reliable diagnosis the patient should be examined by a well-qualified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP).

Self care at home

  • Speak slowly and in a relaxed manner.
  • Speak alone to yourself. This often helps improve fluency.
  • For parents whose children are stammering should provide a relaxed home environment.
  • Provide many opportunities for the child to speak. Set aside specific times when you and your child can speak free of distractions.
  • Do not react negatively and refrain from criticizing the child's speech.
  • Do not ask the child to repeat stuttered words until spoken fluently.
  • Listen attentively to the child when he or she speaks.
  • Wait for the child to say the intended word. Don't try to complete the child's thoughts.
  • Talk openly to your child about stammering if he or she brings up the subject.
  • Make talking pleasurable for your child.
  • Promote confidence by showing patience and acceptance.

Feelings & attitudes

The impact of stuttering on a person's functioning and emotional state can be different according to the constitution of the person. Much of this goes unnoticed by the speaker, and may include fears of having to enunciate specific vowels or consonants, fear of being caught stammering in social situations, self-imposed isolation, anxiety, stress, shame, or a feeling of "loss of control" during speech. Stuttering is sometimes popularly associated with anxiety but there is actually no such correlation (though as mentioned social anxiety may actually develop in individuals as a result of their stammering).

Stuttering is generally not a problem with the physical production of speech sounds or putting thoughts into words. Apart from their speech impediment, people who stammer may well be 'normal' in the clinical sense of the term. Anxiety, low self-esteem, nervousness, and stress therefore do not cause it per se, although they are very often the result of living with a highly stigmatized disability and, in turn, exacerbate the problem in the manner of a positive feedback system; the proposed name for this is 'Stuttered Speech Syndrome.'

Stammering may have a significant negative cognitive and affective impact. Joseph Sheehan, a prominent researcher in the field, has described stuttering in terms of the well-known analogy to an iceberg, with the immediately visible and audible symptoms of stuttering above the waterline and a broader set of symptoms such as negative emotions hidden below the surface. Feelings of embarrassment, shame, frustration, fear, anger, and guilt are frequent in stutterers, and may actually increase tension and effort, leading to increased stammering. With time, continued exposure to difficult speaking experiences may crystallize into a negative self-concept and self-image. A stutterer may project his or her attitudes onto others, believing that they think he or she is nervous or stupid. Such negative feelings and attitudes may need to be a major focus of a treatment program. Many stutterers report about a high emotional cost, including jobs or promotions not received, as well as relationships broken or not pursued.

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stammering from 9 year old

Gaurav Singh Jadaun
Sep 18, 2017 1:49 pm Reply

I am not able to speak the word properly so which medicine I can take

Shubham Sharma
Sep 8, 2017 9:01 pm Reply

Hello sir i am suffered from stammering when i start talking i stop in between words and get upset. Is there any cure in homeopathy?

Anshu Srivastava
Jun 25, 2017 6:56 pm Reply

sir i have stammering problem pl suggest me some medicine.

Aamir Khan
Jun 20, 2017 11:58 am Reply

My age is 30yrs. I m having stammering from of age of 8yrs..after suffering fever. Please help

Meena More
Mar 18, 2017 8:47 am Reply

I have difficulty in speaking and speaking in Hkkane'd think. The stammering is due to me feeling embarrassed. Please tell me any good medicine. My age is 29 years

Amit Kumar
Feb 26, 2017 11:56 am Reply

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