Stammering and stuttering Hypnotherapy, stammering and Stuttering are types of speech disorder that negatively affects the normal flow of speech.
If a person has a stammer stutter, they will know what they want to say but may have difficulty to get the words out. This can cause communication difficulties, which may then lead to low self-esteem, low self-confidence and anxiety.
Stammering and stuttering Hypnotherapy
Stammering and stuttering are quite common among young children but usually resolves itself naturally; however, in some instances, it can continue into adulthood. It can also begin in adulthood. Stammering and stuttering are often caused or made worse by anxiety and stress; Stammering and stuttering Hypnotherapy can be a beneficial and successful treatment.
Numerous speech disorders make communication problematic, of all of them, stuttering is perhaps more common. A stutter is also known as a stammer; a stutter will typically cause the person to repeat the first part of the word (such as “c-c-c-cat”) or hold a sound for an unusually long period (such as “caaaaaat”). Some, getting any sound out at all is difficult. All stammers and stutters are unique and will vary from sufferer to sufferer.
Those who have a stammer or stutter may add words like ’em’ into their speech if they see a problem moving to the next word. They may also demonstrate mall-adaptive behaviours such as rapid eye blinks, head jerks and facial ticks.
Some may find it gets worse when they are excited, anxious, tired or nervous. For example, when put into a stressful situation (e.g. making a speech) stuttering may become exaggerated. Stammering or stuttering is a physiological response to an emotion that can be dealt with using Stammering and stuttering Hypnotherapy.
Commonly, many people who stammer or stutter hide the problem when they sing, talk to themselves or talk at the same time as someone else. This is often due to a reduction of stress in these situations.
What causes it?
The cause of stuttering is complicated. Psychologists believe there is a combination of factors involved, including:
- Genetics – Studies have shown that 60% of those with a stammer or stutter have a family member who also stammers or stutters.
- Other speech difficulties – Those who have experienced other speech difficulties now or earlier in their life may be more likely to develop a stammer stutter.
- Rapid speech rate – If someone naturally babbles, they could tend to develop speech problems.
- Differences in the brain – Researchers are discovering that those with a stammer or stutter often process language in different areas of the brain.
One per cent of adults in the UK stammer or stutter, and it is four times more likely to affect men than women.
Stuttering or stammering in children
Stammering and stuttering Hypnotherapy – In children between the ages of two and five, stammering or stuttering is relatively standard. It is in these years that we learn to talk. Stammering or stuttering in children may last for short periods, usually weeks or months, but most children will grow out of it.
If the stammer or stutter is frequent and seems to be getting worse, it may be worth consulting a GP. If a child has their stammer or stutter when they start school, they are likely to become more aware of it. This can lead to stress and low self-esteem and sadly may result in bullying from other children.
In these circumstances speak to the child’s teacher and enlist their support to help stop the bullying. Being bullied for stammering or stuttering can make the problem worse as anxiety surrounding talking begins.
If a child has a stammer or stutter, try the following methods to raise their self-esteem when talking:
- Make talking fun and relaxed, don’t demand the child speaks ‘properly’ at all times.
- Avoid correcting and criticising; this may make the child more self-conscious.
- Don’t ask too many questions, children will speak more freely when discussing their ideas.
- Don’t ask the child to read out loud if they are feeling anxious.
- Keep the home calm and relaxed as a relaxed home atmosphere encourages a quiet state of mind.
- Speak slowly and clearly when talking to them; this will help them copy the speaking style.
Describing stammering or stuttering as ‘wrong’ or ‘bad’ in childhood can and often will cause the child to encounter speaking problems in adult life. Therefore the best thing to do is be nurturing, caring and accepting of the way they speak.
Stammering or stuttering in adult life
When stammering or stuttering continues into your adult life, it can lead to stress, anxiety and low self-esteem. In some cases, stuttering can start in adult life. There are many reasons for this but may include the following:
Neurological trauma (Brain injury)
This is thought to be one of the most common causes of stammering or stuttering in adult life, neurological (brain) trauma includes such things as stroke, head injury, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. As this cause of stammering or stuttering is physical, physiological intervention and speech and language therapy are typically required, and hypnotherapy can help to deal with the anxiety and self-esteem issues.
In some cases, a stammer or stutter can develop due to a drug reaction. Certain medications prescribed medications may lead to changes in speech. If this happens while taking medicine, the person should be sure to contact their GP immediately. In these circumstances, Hypnotherapy would be a likely alternative.
A life event or series of events that a person find makes them anxious can result in stammering or stuttering. This is often referred to as psychogenic stuttering. Some examples of stressful events include the end of a relationship or a bereavement. A stress-reaction could also follow an accident or any activity that causes them to feel stressed. In most cases, this form of stammering or stuttering disappears once the stress and anxiety end. This particular form of stammering or stuttering will benefit significantly from hypnotherapy as it will help you overcome the stress and anxiety.
Re-occurrence of a childhood stammer
As I have already said, stammering or stuttering in children is not uncommon. Usually, a child may grow out of their stammer or stutter, but it then it comes back in adult life. If a child has a stammer or stutter, they may learn to avoid using certain words. This makes it look like they’ve beaten their stammer or stutter. This often fails to work in later life, causing the stammer stutter to reappear.
Coping at work with a stammer stutter
Stammering or stuttering is considered a disability under the Equality Act. This means that it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person because of their stammer or stutter.
Considerations an employer may want to take could include:
- Allowing you more time when engaging in oral activities (interviews, presentations, etc.).
- More emphasis on written work.
- Giving more time for them so they can be heard in meetings.
If someone is worried about their speech, in the first instance, it is vital to go to their GP. They will be able to carry out physical tests to establish any physical causes. Once a cause has been determined, the GP will be able to talk through their treatment options.
The most common form of treatment offered is speech and language therapy. A speech and language therapist is an expert in speech disorders, such as stammering or stuttering. They will assess the person to understand their issues better. They will then work with them to formulate a treatment plan.
The exercises they are given will depend on the nature and severity of their stammer or stutter. Many therapists will seek to control and improve their fluency. They will teach them to speak slowly and deliberately. Over time they should be able to build up a more natural way of speaking.
Often tackling any underlying stress, anxiety or self-esteem issues are also advised and needed. This can efficiently and effectively be dealt with using Stammering and stuttering Hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy for stammering or stuttering
Firstly one must address any physiological cause of the stammer or stutter, but when looking at treating psychological causes, hypnotherapy for stammering or stuttering can be exceptionally useful. Many issues cause stammering stuttering, which can be successfully addressed using hypnotherapy, including the following:
Often the person becomes self-conscious of their stammering or stuttering. This can quickly lead to stress, as they believe stammering or stuttering is in some way wrong and something that they should be ashamed of. This typically comes from their childhood when their teachers or their family may have told them that stuttering is wrong. If this applies to them, they may have learned that stuttering is wrong. This learned behaviour can become embodied in their muscles (known as muscle memory) which can make stammering or stuttering worse. Hypnotherapy for stammering stuttering will reduce their anxiety about their speech.
Stammering or stuttering can cause someone to feel low self-esteem. This may occur due to their childhood bullying or through being told stuttering is terrible. Hypnotherapy will help this by changing their negative thought patterns into much more positive ones. This will improve their self-esteem.
Perhaps they can trace their stutter or stammer back to a stressful event; hypnotherapy will be able to help. This can be especially helpful if they find certain situations or people make their stammer or stutter worse.
A sufferer probably finds stammer or stutter gets worse when they are under pressure. Stammering and stuttering Hypnotherapy is extremely effective at treating anxiety and can certainly help anyone with this. I will induce my client into a state of deep relaxation so the subconscious is open to my positive suggestions. I suggest relaxation as a response to the stressful situation. This, combined with self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques that I will give to them will help to reduce stress and remove the stammer stutter.
Stammering and stuttering Hypnotherapy As with all forms of therapy, figuring out what works best for you is crucial. For many, a combination of treatments works well. This may mean visiting a GP in the first instance and then working with me alongside a speech and language therapist.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Stammering and stuttering Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses hypnosis, which is an altered state of consciousness. At no time during the session, are you in a trance. You are aware of your surroundings.I will guide you into a very relaxed state of mind.
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