Stammering at a young age, though not very common, exists around the world. It is perfectly fine if a person stammers, but children are victimized by bullies. This leads to discouragement among children. As parents, you are their only and big hope to survive this stage of their lives. Read on to find out more about stammering, and what are the possible ways to cure/reduce the stammering. Stammering occurs between the age of 3 and 7, and it does not necessarily get retained after 10 years of age. In fact, only 25% of the children who stammer are affected by it in their adulthood.
What causes stammering?
Exact causes of stammering are yet to be proved, however, there are some factors, one which could be the reason for your child’s stammering. Inability to control organ speech muscle or ineffective lips and tongue movement. It is extremely important that you support and help your child overcome stammering because adulthood stammering is often caused by fear, anxiety, lack of confidence, etc. The child should be encouraged to stay confident so that the fear does not stay with him in future.
How to beat stammering?
The causes of stammering happen to be psychological, which include improper movement of tongue, lips, trachea, and lungs. You can make your child do some exercises that involve these organs to strengthen them and ensure their smooth movement. Stammering can be reduced to a minimum level and even be eliminated, provided you make your child do following exercises.
1. Jaw and tongue exercise
Open your jaw as wide as you can, now try to touch the roof of your mouth with your tongue. In that position, move the tongue back along the roof. Hold that position for 10 seconds. Now, with jaw wide open, take the tongue out and try to touch your chin (it won’t go to the chin, but try to stretch as much as you can). Hold that position for 10 seconds. Do this exercise 5 times every day.
2. Vowel exercise
Say out loud the vowels A, E, I, O, U with opening the mouth as much as you can. Move the jaw left, right, upwards and downwards while speaking.
3. Speed Reading
The mind finds it hard to identify the sound of certain syllables which results in stammering. To make your mind understand the sound of words, try to read as fast as you can without worrying about the sense of paragraph. The objective of this exercise is to read what can be read easily and fast, maybe skipping the stammering words in the first attempt. With continuous fast reading and trying to say difficult words without stammering, the mind will slowly start to identify the sound of syllables. Just remember, it should be fast reading, there should be no stammering, if you find it hard to say a word, just try once and skip it. Keep trying every day. It all comes down to how familiar the mind is with the syllable, with practice it will surely come to you.
4. Deep Breathing
Anxiety is also a big cause of stammering and can be tackled with deep breathing. Good and effective breathing exercises are included in Pranayama (YOGA). These exercises will relax lungs and mind, decreasing the anxiety and strengthening the respiratory system.
5. Consult speech therapist
Children have shown tremendous signs of improvement with the help of speech therapist before
the age of 5. Besides doing above four exercises, it is highly recommended that your child sees a
How can you motivate the child?
1. Show interest in the conversation
You need to make sure you actually take an interest while having a conversation with the child. Let
them know you’re always there to chat and discuss anything. This will enhance the confidence of the
child, he won’t hesitate in talking with you. The more freely he talks, higher his confidence will be.
Do not rush while speaking, give them proper time to speak, as long as they want. Maintain an eye
contact, the child you have your complete and undivided attention.
2. Support them
While talking, you know your child will stammer. First of all, be patient when he speaks, your facial
expressions should not reflect irritation. Let them know it is just another milestone they will easily
cross. It is not a problem, only a phase of life, do not overthink it. Help them understand that it is OK
to stammer, with proper guidance they will overcome it.
3. Treat the child like a normal person
When your child comes home from school, you want to know whether he ate his full lunch or not.
So, you take out his lunch box and check for yourself. Parents do not purposely want to avoid
conversation, but it happens, it is a human tendency. You know the child will answer with stammering,
but it does not mean you should cut some of the unimportant conversation for your convenience.
Always treat them like any other kid, make them feel as a person equally important as others.
4. Get a home tutor for your child
A home tutor will be patient and engage in healthy conversations with your child. It would allow your child to speak and express his views freely while studying. There are a lot of doubts left in the minds of children who stammer, they avoid asking those doubts in school because they stammer. A home tutor can fill in all the gaps stammering is causing in child’s studies. A home tutor is also more than just a teacher, with personal attention, the child develops a connection with the teacher and starts to speak more. Head to www.qriyo.com or download our home tuition app to get a home tutor at your doorstep today. Choose from 300+ courses ranging from academics, extracurricular to fitness for all age groups.