Every October 22, several organizations come together to create International Stuttering Awareness day. The goal of this campaign is to raise public awareness of this speech disorder and help those who would like to manage their stuttering get the help they need. At Speech Associates of NY, our specially trained and certified speech-language pathologists can help provide therapy for those who have speech and fluency issues. What exactly does speech therapy consist of for those who stutter?
The first goal of speech therapy is to help the individual become more comfortable with their speech. This doesn’t necessarily mean eliminating a stutter. Rather, the goal is often to develop the confidence to say whatever, to whomever, whenever you want, regardless of whether you stutter while saying it or not. Speech therapy may involve desensitization to episodes of stuttering while speaking, and learning techniques to better communicate when stuttering does occur in a professional or social situation.
Another goal of speech therapy may be to decrease the intensity or frequency of the stutter. The techniques used to reduce a stutter can vary from person to person, depending on their particular type of disfluency. Often, breathing techniques, rate modification, and false stuttering are used. The speech-language pathologist may also use techniques to reduce secondary behaviors that accompany a stutter, such as blinking or twitching.
Want to learn more? Check out the International Stuttering Association’s webpage for International Stuttering Awareness Day: http://www.isastutter.org/what-we-do/isad
For information on our New York based Speech-Language Pathology services, please call Speech Associates of New York today at (212) 308-7725 or visit our website at http://www.speechassociatesofny.com and find out how our team of professionally trained and certified speech-language pathologists can help!
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