How to Correct Stuttering – The Rhythm Management Method
As a former sufferer of a chronic stuttering problem, I know how hard and embarrassing having this kind of speech impairment can be. In this article, I will share with you one technique I used that drastically improved the fluency of my speech. When learning how to correct stuttering, it is important to know and understand that there are many different methods and techniques out there. However, while one method may work for someone, it is not a guarantee that it will work for everyone else.
Please keep this in mind. Now with that said, try this rhythm management exercise.
1. Begin by speaking as fast as you can. If you don’t know what to say, you can try reading something out loud but do it fast.
2. Now find a poem to read. A great one that has a nice rhythm for this practice is Solitude, by Ella Wilcox. Read it slowly and with ease. Note the pauses in each verse, and pay attention to the natural rhythm.
Did you notice the natural rhythm? Chances are you didn’t stutter during the poem reading. The reason why is because your mind felt the rhythm and adapted to it.
Now we are going to apply the same principles here in natural speaking to help learn how to correct stuttering.
3. Take a deep breath and establish a natural beat in your mind.
4. Now in a monotonous voice, while staying on the beat in your mind say a sentence of your choosing out loud. Try and pick a sentence that includes a word you normally have trouble with.
Naturally, this will take some practice. It also helps to avoid focusing on each syllable at a time. Instead, all your focus should be on maintaining a rhythm in your voice and avoiding to fall off this beat. This has gone a long way in helping me learn how to correct stuttering.