Stuttering, Communication and How Speech Pathology Can Help Many people are aware of stuttering, but few people fully know its psychological effects on the affected person and the people around them. Put simply, stuttering inhibits the ability to communicate effectively by preventing clear and effective verbal expression through uncontrollable behaviours. These include repeating consonants or expressing parts of words unnecessarily. This process can create anxiety and apprehension in the stutterer, which can in turn further affect their ability to communicate. Speech Pathology experts fully understand the psychological and anxiety-related aspects of stuttering, so they know to accompany their extensive physiological treatments with discussion and approach of the conditionâ€™s mental aspects. The work of Craig Gorman has included in-depth and wide-ranging treatment of patients with stuttering issues, as an example of how trained and established Speech Pathologists can help those with stuttering. Not only is it important for a Speech Pathologist to help address the condition of their patients with stuttering, they must endeavour to teach those around them patience and understanding of the condition. Communicating effectively with a stutter means lessening the anxiety around the sufferer; inappropriate responses to stuttering such as speaking for them or making them feel bad only serves to do the opposite. The best way to become aware of the correct response is to simply communicate with the person who stutters.
Published on Apr 26, 2013