How To Get Rid of a Stutter (with Video)

By Subodh / June 7, 2011

Stuttering is a type of speech in which a person either a person is unable to pronounce a syllable of a word right, or it is when a person pauses too much when speaking.

Often the rapid repeating of the syllable of a word takes place or a person who stutters is a total loss of words altogether. Otherwise, even though a person knows what he or she wants to say in his/her mind the words do not come out right.

It may seem like nervousness, and it can be. In this case it is a perpetual nervousness problem. However, you should know that stuttering usually is a psychological problem. It is not really considered a true speech impairment (not in most cases).

Addressing the Problem

Learning how to get rid of a stutter will take time. However, in this case at least nothing has to be done about the vocal chords or the way the person constructs words.

Rather, stuttering is normally a problem associated with extreme fear and anxiety. It also is an issue related to lack of self-confident.

Here are some facts about how to get rid of a stutter:

  • Usually stuttering can be treated but it requires an alteration of a person’s state of mind. A person who has this problem needs to train the mind to think positively and confidentially about being able to speak well.
  • Clinical therapy, self-esteem exercises, and meditation may be some ways to address the underlying anxiety associated with stuttering. Any form of relaxation also may help a person not stutter so much.
  • Sometimes taking a public speaking class can help a stutter. During class a person can receive proper instruction on how to educate, encourage, or entertain a crowd.
  • Self-help and self-empowerment motivational media may help. All kinds of books as well as audio and video presentations address this issue.
  • Although stuttering is highly a psychological problem it may also be in part a psychiatric issue (one that requires prescription medication as part of treatment). Perhaps an anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication will help. Either that or if a person suffers from paranoia or delusions these could be treated with medication as well.
  • Stuttering could in some cases be a by-product of social phobia. This is a case in which a person is terrified of being around people-particularly large groups of people.

More Thoughts

Sometimes a stuttering problem resulting from nervousness or anxiety might be mistaken for some kind of learning disability, as you already know. For instance, someone has said that his teacher asked him if he was dyslexic.

In any case, self-esteem issues often need to be addressed in the person who does stutter. One person in fact mentions being suicidal as a result of this problem. However, just seeking the right help and encouragement from supportive people can help immensely in learning how to get rid of a stutter.

Some of the highest success rates in treating this problem are with people who receive individual speech therapy. This can help for both cases resulting from psychological problems and cases that also involve addressing a learning disability.