TIPS FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS ON CHILD STAMMERING

TIPS FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS ON CHILD STAMMERING

In the earlier blog about child stammering, Partha Bagchi, Founder President of Stammering Cure Centre, Bangalore, explored how consciousness on a particular word, sound or letter could eventually transform a “normal”, fluent child to a severe stammerer. In continuation to that article, Partha Bagchi writes to parents and teachers about how they can help their child’s stammering by helping them get over their consciousness over that particular word, letter or sound by offering some tips for parents and teachers on child stammering . 

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Here are some tips for parents and teachers on child stammering and guidelines to help their child overcome stammering:

  1. Explain to the child that stammering is not their fault and that they should not blame or punish themselves for their stammering.
  2. Be sympathetic and caring to the child not out of pity for the child because of the child’s stammering but out of your love for the child and the desire to help him/her.
  3. Try to inculcate in the child that the only way to win over your fears is to CONFRONT it. In this case, be with your child and support him to say the feared words, even if stammering occurs.
  4. Help the child to be heard no matter how much difficulty the child may be facing in saying it out.
  5. Don’t complete the sentences or phrases or words for the child as the child will then grow dependent and become “lazy”. Let your child complete the sentences or words.
  6. Work with the child to not dodge or avoid saying the “feared” words no matter what.
  7. Help the child rehearse saying the “feared” words or sounds out aloud.
  8. Do not let your child substitute the difficult words. The more he/she does it, the anticipation and fear of stammering grows.
  9. Relax yourself and your child whenever a “feared” word or sound occurs. Relaxation is the only key to reducing the fear in the child that is due to stammering.
  10. AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST …………………                                                                                                               Prevention is better than cure. So before you or the child has to go through all this, you can stop it from beginning altogether. Be sympathetic to the child and don’t play the “perfectionist” by pointing out or scolding him every time his/her speech falters and stammering occurs. Allow the child to learn by himself what is correct and what is not. 

So these were some tips for parents and teachers on child stammering. I hope these tips will be helpful for all of you to deal with child stammering. For more informative articles on child stammering and effective solutions to stammering, follow Partha Bagchi’s future blogs on parthabagchi.wordpress.com.

For any more details about stammering/stuttering or to clear your doubts, feel free to visit www.stammeringcurecentre.com or write to Partha Bagchi at parthabagchi@yahoo.com

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CHILD STAMMERING

CHILD STAMMERING…….

More often than not, stammering is attributed to consciousness over a particular word or letter. In this article, Partha Bagchi, Founder President of Stammering Cure Centre, Bangalore  explores how this happens to children suffering from stammering and why child stammering occurs. Having suffered from stammering himself for 26 years and having helped thousands overcome stammering, Partha Bagchi provides a clear and concise understanding to child stammering in this article. 

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When someone stammers, their attention is usually drawn to the words, sounds or letters on which they face this problem. As a child, they may not notice that their speech is faltered. Their parents, teachers, family members, friends or others take the “responsibility” to point it out to them. Repeated pointing out makes the child more and more conscious of his/her stammering and especially if the child has stammered on a particular word or letter or sound, the child’s anticipation of stammering increases and he/she starts to fear that word. That word may be rarely used or might be a necessity in speaking that language. If that word requires to be used infrequently (hardly), the child can get through without much worry by easily substituting other words or quickly omitting that word. However, if the word is highly important to complete sentences or to make meaning in that language, the child has no end to his/her worries and the stammering becomes more severe as time passes.

As the fear starts whenever that word appears while reading or talking, the child anticipates more stammering. When this self fulfilling prophecy comes true, the child ends up stammering more violently as he/she thought he/she would. This process continues to happen repeatedly and thus the child continues to believe with more conviction that he is going to stammering on that particular word, letter or sound. This “contagion” spreads like wild fire and slowly the child tries to generalizing this fear of one word, letter or sound to others. For example, if the child stutters on the word “stuttering”, slowly the fear will spread to other similar words starting with the letter S.

I am sure this article on Child Stammering by Partha Bagchi will give you some insight on why child stammering occurs, the symptoms of child stammering and the adverse effects of child stammering. Partha Bagchi’s next blog will contain some tips and guidelines to child stammering.

For any more details about stammering/stuttering or to clear your doubts, feel free to visit www.stammeringcurecentre.com or write to Partha Bagchi at parthabagchi@yahoo.com.

WHAT IS STAMMERING?

WHAT IS STAMMERING?

What is Stammering? This blog by Partha Bagchi, the Founder President of Stammering Cure Centre, Bangalore explains technically what is stammering, what are the characteristics of stammering, the behavior of stammerers or people who stammer (PWS).  You might be a stammerer, student, psychologist, research personnel or a general surfer, but I am sure this blog will answer the question you have googled, “What is Stammering?”

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Stammering or stuttering is a fluency disorder that results in involuntary disruptions of a person’s verbal utterances when they are speaking or reading aloud (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). The tenth version of World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) Manual discusses stammering or stuttering under the section F98.5 as “speech that is characterized by frequent repetition or prolongation of sounds or syllables or words, or by frequent hesitations or pauses that disrupt the rhythmic flow of speech. Stammering should be classified as a disorder only if the severity of stammering is such as to markedly disturb the fluency of speech”. It however differentiates stammering from cluttering and tic disorder. Although stammering is listed under communication disorders as a speech fluency disorder, stammering actually is more psychological in nature than physiological.

Stammering is characterised by involuntary repetition, prolongation, blocking of syllables and words, unnatural hesitation, interjections, restarted or incomplete phrases and unfinished or broken words. Concomitant or secondary symptoms of stammering may include eye blinks, facial grimacing, jerking of the head, arm waving, etc. Shyness, chronic anxiety and social avoidance behaviour due to fear of speaking in specific social contexts is developed among stammerers as a result of this. Stammering also has various tag-along psychological conditions like anxiety, fear, alcoholism, substance abuse, family difficulties and problems, lack of good interpersonal relationships, difficulty in employment, problems getting job, depression, personality disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc.

In short, this is the standard clinical definition of stammering used worldwide for the identification of this condition and the explanation of various “symptoms of stammering” and “behaviours” associated with stammering. Although stammering can often occur along with other similar conditions like lisping, tic disorder, cluttering, etc., these are the accepted guidelines for differentiating them from stammering or stuttering. In case you are suffering from stammering, don’t be disappointed because there is a solution for stammering!!!!   Read more about it on www.stammeringcurecentre.com and help spread the word to your near and dear ones who are facing difficulties and hurdles because of their stammering.

For more information on stammering or stuttering and to clear your doubts feel free to visit Partha Bagchi’s website http://www.stammeringcurecentre.com or you can also write to share your views and ideas to parthabagchi@yahoo.com.

ACTORS WITH STAMMERING

ACTORS WITH STAMMERING

Swami Vivekananda, in his soul-stirring words, once said, “Stand up, be bold and strong, have faith in yourself. Know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength you need is within you.” 

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Partha Bagchi takes this saying forward and writes “Be firm that we don’t want any sympathy, favour or kindness from anybody. Now the time has come to prove to the world that we have got the best talent, skill and capability. History proves the fact.”

Did you know that these famous actors had stammering and yet they became famous due to their immaculate expression of their thoughts?

  1. MARILYN MONROE 
  2. HRITHIK ROSHAN
  3. SAMUEL L. JACKSON
  4. BRUCE WILLIS
  5. JAMES EARL JONES
  6. NICOLE KIDMAN
  7. ROWAN ATKINSON
  8. HUGH GRANT
  9. KANGANA RANAUT
  10. JULIA ROBERTS
  11. SAM NEILL

 

To conclude, Partha Bagchi writes “I believe that you too have the right and the potentials to be a fluent and confident speaker. I inspire thousands of people who come to me with stammering and help them believe in themselves.”

For any more details about stammering/stuttering or to clear your doubts, feel free to visit www.stammeringcurecentre.com or write to parthabagchi@yahoo.com

Difficulties faced by Stammerers

DIFFICULTIES FACED BY PEOPLE WITH STAMMERING

Although the world is tending towards sensitization of differences but there is hardly any action to sensitize people about the discrimination and humiliation faced by stammerers. Partha Bagchi, an ex-stammerer and the Founder President of Stammering Cure Centre writes about his experience as a stammerer and the experiences of many more who face the same even now.

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  • “A child was refused admission in a famous school in spite of having passed the admission test and getting a good rank. The reason – HE IS A STAMMERER!”
  • “While searching for a job after completing Engineering with very high marks from NIT, Nikhil cleared all written and aptitude tests perfectly, but failed miserably in the personal interview because of stammering. This happened 17 times! He went into severe depression and even tried committing suicide.”
  • “Pallavi was academically excellent, good-looking, sober, well-natured and talented, but was refused each time in marriage negotiations by the groom’s family. The only issue was that she stammered in the interactions with the groom’s family! Frustrated, she decided not to marry at all. Now she is passing a lonely solitary life and her family is heart-broken seeing her like that.”
  • “Due to his stammering, Pavan was ignored, humiliated and tortured by his family and thrown out of the house at the age of 14 years. Then he survived by living on the pavements and railway stations, clueless and helpless at his plight all because of STAMMERING!”
  • “Kavya was repeatedly beaten and abused by her husband and her in-laws. They thought that their prestige and reputation was brought down because of her stammering. One day, she was thrown out of the house with her few months old baby in hand. Nobody can imagine what Kavya had to go through because of her STAMMERING!”

These are just five glimpses of the difficulties that stammerers have to live through every day. You can only imagine what crores of people must be going through! They are not stories; they are real life incidents that changed the life of Nikhil, Pallavi, Pavan, Kavya. They are really helpless, frustrated, depressed, humiliated, dejected and have lost all hope, ambition and interest in life. In spite of having everything in life, because of disfluency of speech, their dreams always remain unfulfilled.

 

So sensitize yourself and people you know to understand what stammerers are going through and join our awareness campaign on Facebook. For more details log on to our facebook page to like, share and comment and invite your friends to join us in this movement.

For any more details about stammering/stuttering or to clear your doubts, feel free to visit www.stammeringcurecentre.com or write to parthabagchi@yahoo.com