What is Stammering?
It is a pattern of speech: hesitations, repetitions of syllables, silent blocks. The struggle to speak can be internal or external, noisy or silent, usually accompanied by erratic breathing, physical gestures and an undue sense of urgency. More than that, stammering is a state of mind which can dominate people's view of themselves and their social and work relationships.
Why do people stammer?
The cause or causes of stammering are not known. It affects people from all backgrounds, racial groups, abilities and personalities. Men are more prone to stammering than women. It appears to run in some families, but it can arise with no family history of stammering.
What should I do when listening to someone who stammers?
Be patient and appear unhurried. If you can show you are not worried about it they will feel more at ease and their speech will tend to improve. Keep eye contact while the person who stammers is speaking, and do not finish off words and sentences for them. Lastly, don't be afraid to talk about it!
Dom's Fund works in conjunction with:
|British Stammering Association (BSA)|
The British Stammering Association is the only organisation in the UK working on behalf of stammerers of all ages and their families. They provide a free information service and run projects on specific aspects of stammering and stammering therapy. www.stammering.org
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The Forum brings together organisations concerned with human communications problems. It promotes initiatives to increase awareness of communication issues among the general public and statutory and voluntary organisations. www.communicationsforum.org.uk