My parents were never really aware of just how badly my stutter was affecting my life. In a way this was my own fault as I did not like talking about the subject. At the age of around fourteen I started to become quite desperate to find a solution to this most frustrating of speech impediments and decided to ask my mother and father to search for any suitable therapies for stuttering. I suppose I did not want to worry my parents, I was also quite ashamed, for some bizarre reason, for the struggles that I was having to cope with. I found it very difficult to read out aloud in front of the class, I found it hard to answer questions, I found it hard to converse socially and I also had paranoia on certain words beginning with specific letters. I had attended the more traditional types of speech therapy from an early age and was less than impressed with the results. As I entered into my teenage years I started to become more aware of just how different I was to other people. I was the victim of mental bullying by various people at my school and this led to a period of sustained depression.
Improving your pronunciation is a large task that can't possibly be tackled in a day. If you are really serious about improving, it will take some practice over time. Here are three fun ways you can improve your pronunciation and become a better speaker. 1. Watch TV Yes, I'm really telling you to become a couch potato! The first step to improving your pronunciation is training your ear to hear the difference between different sounds. If you can't hear the difference between the vowel sound in man and the vowel sound in men, you will have a very tough time producing these sounds on your own. It would be best to watch quality television like the news on BBC or CNN (depending on the accent you prefer) instead of sitcoms and movies, for example. Although not always perfect, this is about the closest you'll get to the most accepted standard pronunciation in British or American English. As you watch TV, be sure that you pay very close attention to how the words are pronounced. If you watch both stations, see if you can pick up on some of the pronunciation differences between British and American English.
Do you have a lisp? Do you know somebody who has a lisp? Having a list can seriously damage a person's self-esteem and confidence, so what types of therapy are available who suffer from this type of speech impediment? I have, I am luckily able to report, ever had a problem with a lisp but did have a stutter for eighteen years of my life. These are, of course, completely different forms of speech impediment and no doubt the various forms of treatment are also not similar. The affects on the way they both impact on people's life are however very similar. A lisp and a stutter can cause a person a great deal of stress, worry and depression. Each and every day can be one huge struggle and there can be many embarrassing moments along the way. The people we meet can not help but judge us on the way we speak; it can affect all forms of one's life including our social and work lives. Traditional speech therapy is usually the first place to go in an attempt to find a cure for a lisp or stutter.
I am unable to cope with life mum, this stutter is getting me down, surely there must be someone or some form of treatment for stuttering that can help me. Will you ask around mum, see if you can possibly find me the solution that I am looking for? This is a conversation and question that I clearly remember asking my mother when I was around fourteen years of age. Yes the stutter that I had somehow developed when I was just four years of age was totally dictating and ruining my life. I am now thirty-four and am fortunate to have discovered the solution; I am now enjoying life as a fluent person. All forms of speech impediment can have a damaging effect on a person's life. Whether you have a lisp, a clutter, a stutter, a studder or a stammer, your confidence and self-esteem is likely to have been affected, in a negative way. At the time of having the above conversation I was struggling big time at school. I found it very difficult to read a passage out aloud from a book at school, was being teased and bullied about my affliction.
How do we gain the ability to speak? We all find our selves in situations in which we lack the courage to say what needs to be said. In these common everyday occurrences, we later wish we would have been able to say something to help, correct an injustice, and prevent an accident. Let us look at some of the things we can do to gain the strength to speak up. The first thing we can do to gain the courage to speak up is to put ourselves in the other person shoes. By observing things from a personal view point, we will be more likely to speak up. Making it personal will give us the added strength to speak up. For example, you see an elderly person mistreated in some way. Try to think about it in terms of your elderly parents being treated in such a bad way. This should fire you into action immediately to speak up for that elderly person. We can use passed regretful thoughts to gain the strength to speak up. Regret is a powerful force that can be use for good. When the conscience brings up the pass we can use those thoughts to learn from.
Dyslexia is a learning disability which is already recognized and treated today. But years ago people with this disability do not even know how to call their disability. They do not know that they are suffering from dyslexia. They grew up thinking that they are just slow learners and worst they feel stupid due to their learning disability. But it is not too late for these adults to know how to treat their disability. Getting a screening test for dyslexia is the first step in getting the necessary treatment. Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence and if not given the proper treatment, dyslexia is a learning difficulty which could have disabling affects to anyone suffering from it. Difficulties include reading, spelling, taking instructions, remembering sequence, recognizing directions and difficulties in numbers. If not given the right treatment on how to deal with these difficulties, it will be hard for you to live and work as normal as you want. It is important to get a screening test for dyslexia as early as possible to prevent serious damage to your life.
Speech and Language are vital to human interaction, socialization and communication. Often when someone has trouble with language or speech, we label them stupid, dumb or socially inept. Of course, anyone who has ever thought about this knows that such arbitrary labels are problematic, but they are very common stereotypes. When someone has a speech or language issue, they need help and therefore those who assist them are involved in a rewarding activity that has a huge multiplier effect. How so you ask? Well, when someone can speak clearly after living for years with such troubles and adversity, they suddenly come out of their shell. The difference and the gift of speech is so obvious to those around them, it's like the individual has been born again, given a fresh start and a new lease on life. I have several very dear friends who are speech pathologists and they are so very happy with their work and the good they do in the world. I am so proud of them for making a difference one person at a time.
Approximately 10-15% of the population has some form of dyslexia. That is somewhere between 1 in every 10 people and 1 in every 6.7 people. Dyslexia is a neurological condition that affects the way signals from your eyes get interpreted in the brain. Symptoms vary, the exact effects are different for every dyslexic. But it usually manifests itself in difficulties in reading, transcribing numbers or letters and/or the ability to spell words that you can speak or that you hear spoken. Most elementary schools now routinely screen students for dyslexia, but this is a recent advance, common only in the last 10 - 15 years. The screening is a fairly simple series of tests designed to identify possible dyslexics. Once possible problems are detected, full dyslexia testing is done to find out if the student is or is not dyslexic. Detailed tests will show which forms of dyslexia, if any, are present, what exact problems does the student have. Once identified, these problems can be dealt with and overcome.
So what is a stutter? Stuttering could be described as struggling to be able to speak in a fluent manner. This could be in the form of repeating a word or letter or as a block. Treatments for stuttering vary from traditional forms of speech therapy to specialist courses tailored to help the person to achieve fluency. In this article I will be writing about the theories behind the causes of stuttering. Stuttering is genetic; this was a recent comment that I heard a well respected health professional make on the radio. Is he correct? Perhaps, perhaps not. A large percent of people who have this form of speech impediment have a parent or relative that also had or has a stutter and therefore presume, or believe that it "is in the genes". In years to come there will, no doubt, be additional studies made on the whole subject of stuttering and we may well then find out the answer to this question. Another theory is that a person may start to stutter after going through a traumatic event.