Stammering In Adults

Stammering Can be Helped

Stammering (also called stuttering) can affect people of all ages and is more common in males than females. Many research projects have been carried out to establish the cause of stammering. Stammering is variable, and the amount and severity of stammering can increase/decrease at different times, with different people or in different environments. It can also be affected by how the person is feeling. Consequently, words that can be said quite easily on one occasion, may be not be spoken fluently on other occasions. Sometimes stammering can be hidden (covert), where the speaker changes words when they anticipate a stammer. Or, they may avoid speaking in certain situations.

Stammering/stuttering can be helped. Specialist therapy can help both children and adults to increase their fluency and become confident and successful communicators whether or not they continue to stammer. Treatment will have a positive impact in the following situations: work, school/further education, meetings, making and receiving phone calls, talking in public, interviews, applying for promotions, forming relationships, belonging and participating, meeting new people, talking in public, expressing feelings, standing up for yourself and so on.

Therapy Model
  • You will gain an understanding about how and why your speech becomes dysfluent: how breathing is affected and how your tongue and/or lips may appear to stick when forming words.
  • You will also gain insight into why words, which can be said effortlessly in one environment, are frequently blocked/stuttered in other situations – this is related to feelings of loss of control and /or anxiety about the environment and the listener. This is something that can be helped.
  • You will learn effective and permanent fluency-shaping techniques.
  • You will be supported through a series of graded exercises to achieve fluency and confidence in all speech situations.
Stammering in Adults
Sue's Specialist Expertise

In her NHS role, Mrs Addlestone is head of the stammering service for children in a community setting and head of the stammering service for adults in a hospital setting – she both trains and supports junior therapists. She has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating stammerers and has training in counselling, family therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Mrs Addlestone has worked as a lecturer and examiner on the speech therapy graduate course at MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University).

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