Stammering Tongue is a defect of articulation, and is not associated with any pathological structural lesion of the nervous system or the apparatus used in the production of sound. It is more common in males, and seems more probable in normally left-handed persons who have been forced to become right-handed.
Often more than one member in the family is affected. It never occurs in infancy or childhood, but tends to set in originally at the age when a person becomes shy. timorous and aware of the sensation of being self-conscious. It may follow on from an illness (such as a simple infection like measles or mumps) or follow a sudden fright or emotional strain or embarrassing situation. Shyness and self-consciousness are invariably present.
It is much more probable in families where emotional stress and tension are common. Excessive strictness, overindulgence in family members, jealousy and similar emotional overtones can aggravate the condition after its onset, and can help to initiate it in the first place.
The patient never stutters in a mental train of thought, nor in solitude or talking aloud to himself or herself. Most can sing without any problem. The music has an ego-strengthening effect.
It is usually the consonant that is the troublemaker rather than vowels, and certain ones commonly cause much more difficulty than others. Many stutterers try to cover their nervousness and embarrassment by the use of ancillary movements, so facial contortions and tics may develop as a corollary.
Stammering Tongue Treatment
Treatment is often highly successful. “The development of confidence and self reliance is everything in the treatment of stuttering.”
Speech therapy can often yield good results, provided the therapist can gain the confidence of the patient. Revealing the basic faults and then re-educating the speech process is the system used. The use of relaxation methods and ego-boosting has a definite place and can assist in recovery. Many achieve spontaneous cure. Specialised clinics attached to the major university research hospitals often claim good results. Treatment may produce results that seem slow at first, but with perseverance, success may ultimately be the outcome.