Stuttering is a type of speech disorder which manifests in the interruption of the normal flow of speech. This means that people who have a stutter will know precisely what they want to say, but may find it challenging to vocalise it.
Some people learn to live with their stutter, and many famous people have been known to get speech coaches to help them with their speech disorders. Most notably, King George VI sought the help of speech and language therapist Lionel Logue to help him overcome a stutter. This was famously dramatised in the 2010 film The Kings Speech.
There are other ways of overcoming a stutter, however. Hypnotherapy is one of those many ways, and this article will explain how. A stutter can lead to damaged self-esteem and low self-confidence, but fortunately, there are ways to deal with speech disorders.
What is a stutter?
There are some different speech disorders which can make communication difficult. Stuttering is just one of the many. It can also be referred to as a stammer and is characterised either by a speaker repeating the first part of a word, or holding a sound for an extended period. Stammers are incredibly personal, however, and can get better or worse depending on a person’s mood. Different people will also find various syllables challenging to get out.
Thus who stutter may also add ‘um’ into their speech if they anticipate a problem moving to the next word. There are also other behaviours like facial tics and head jerks which can manifest as part of having a stammer.
What causes a stutter?
Many different factors cause a stutter, and there can be a number of different ones at play at once. Experts have outlined four main causes: genetics, other speech difficulties, rapid speech rate, and differences in the brain.
There can also be different causes for stuttering in children and adults. Especially in very young children, stuttering can merely be a phase in our speech development, so most will grow out of it. In adults, a number of other causes such a neurological trauma, drug reaction, and stress can all lead to the development of a stammer.
Hypnotherapy for stuttering
It’s advisable to contact a speech therapist when it comes to stammers, and often there can be physical causes as well as mental. It’s always good to seek the diagnosis of a professional before looking into hypnotherapy. However, hypnotherapy can help in a number of areas including anxiety, low self-esteem, stress, past trauma, and triggers, all of which can lead to, or be caused by, a stutter.
As with all forms of therapy, your treatment will be very individual. It’s all about what works for you, so your hypnotherapists plan of action will vary depending on your needs. For those with a stutter though, a multi-directional approach is usually most useful, so it’s advisable to consult your GP first, who will recommend speech therapists in your area.
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