Tips To Help Reduce Stuttering
1. Slow down
One of the more effective ways to stop a stutter is to try to speak more slowly. Rushing to complete a thought can cause you to stammer, speed up your speech, or have trouble getting the words out.
Taking a few deep breaths and speaking slowly can help. Let those around you know that you’re trying this and that their patience can really help.
Reach out to a close friend or family member to see if they can sit with you and talk. Practicing your speech in a safe environment may help you feel more at ease with yourself and the way that your speech sounds.
Joining a self-help group with other people who stutter may also be beneficial. You can learn what works for other people when they’re speaking in public or even in small groups of friends. It may also make you feel like you’re not alone.
3. Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is a form of meditation that allows you to be calm and focused on your thoughts or a specific action. This can aid you in relaxation and helping to relieve anxiety. Adults and children can all practice to help with stuttering.
There is some limited evidence that mindfulness techniques can help within a comprehensive treatment plan for stuttering. More research is needed to determine which types of meditation may be most beneficial.
4. Record yourself
Recording your own voice can help you better understand your progress. It could help shed light on words or phrases that trigger you into stuttering. This can help you hear things you wouldn’t notice otherwise.
If you find that listening to your own voice is jarring or causes anxiety, start out slowly. Keep in mind that hearing your own progress being made can be encouraging. But not every technique works for everyone.
5. Look into new treatments
In some cases, a specialized ear device called as a speech monitor may be helpful. These devices use delayed and frequency-altered feedback software to help you speak more fluently.
Much like a hearing aid, the device attaches to the inside of the user’s ear. The software changes the sound of your voice and delays the sound by a fraction of a second. This can help you slow your speech and enable you to speak without a stutter.
Although there is some research to support the device’s efficacy, it isn’t clear whether these effects are long-term.