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Stammering self help

Stammering self help

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Published by SatyendraSrivsatava
A self help manual for people who stammer or stutter
A self help manual for people who stammer or stutter

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Published by: SatyendraSrivsatava on Dec 13, 2009
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Stammering For Dummies
A self Help manualfromThe Indian Stammering Association
(Second Draft 10
th
March 2009)
 
Introduction
Stuttering affects both the speaker and the listener. But both parties do not acknowledge itunder some kind of unsaid convention or arrangement. Yet, there is a significantfrustration on both sides. On the speaker's part, because he feels that he has failed one of the most basic requirements of social transaction. On the listener's side- because theyhave no precedent or understanding to make sense of what just transpired; nor did theyfeel free to ask questions. Stammering has often been compared to a hippo sittingbetween two conversationalists at a coffee table: unwelcome and unacknowledged- butvery much there (see the cartoon below). About 1 to 3 people in any adult population of hundred may stammer. The incidence ishigher than that of HIV+ people in India, three out of a thousand males
1
. Yet we knowmore about AIDS than about stuttering. Most of us stammerers and non-stammerers, alikehave erroneously believed that the problem will
go away 
if we do not acknowledge it, if we do not talk about it. It usually
does 
- by going underground- but always returns with agreater force.Few Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs or Speech Therapists) specialize in stammering-so called fluency disorders. Even these few are forced to migrate elsewhere for lack of enough work and recognition in India. Why dont PWS come forward for therapy? Evenwhen it is offered for free? They have explored every bit of their mind and mouth, speechand various strategies but have failed to answer the basic question: why do I stammersometimes? Not all the time? How can I help myself?Since we are dysfluent some times and fluent the rest of the time, we intuitively realizethat the problem and solution both lie in our own mouth. And yet nothing seems to work 
10.3%: Estimated percentage of adults (ages 15-49) living with HIV/AIDS by the end of 2007 (UNAIDS2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic. July 2008.)

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