Recent studies have estimated that over three million Americans stutter. In an effort to bring public attention to this speech disorder, The Stuttering Foundation of America conducts a yearly awareness campaign. This year, International Stuttering Awareness Day falls on October 22. In support of this campaign, Corporate Speech Solutions will dedicate this week’s blog to speech disfluencies, and how a speech-language pathologist can help.
Stuttering can be stressful in any situation, but it can become particularly problematic in the workplace, where communication and job performance can be closely tied. In a recent survey conducted of people who stutter, 86% stated that stuttering has affected their job performance at one time or another. In many cases, it isn’t the stutter itself that impedes professional performance. Stuttering can cause a person to hesitate in speaking in certain situations. This can limit one’s contributions in the workplace, causing them to miss out on vital opportunities to share their expertise or opinions with colleagues. In order to lessen the impact that a stutter has on their personal and professional lives, many people choose to seek the services of a speech-language pathologist.
Speech therapy may address stuttering in several ways. Often, the goal is simply to assist the individual in overcoming any fear or discomfort that they experience in relation to their stutter. This can help the person say what they want to say, when they want to say it, to whomever they want to say it, regardless of whether they stutter or not. Another goal of speech therapy for those who stutter can be to decrease the frequency of stuttering, by identifying when a stutter is about to happen and developing speech techniques to prevent the occurrence of the disfluency or lessen its severity. Yet another goal may be to modify the characteristics of the stutter itself, decreasing the physical tension of the moment of stuttering, as well as any secondary characteristics that may accompany the disfluency, such as blinking or twitching.
If you are a person who stutters and feel that your speech disfluency is negatively impacting your professional life, contact us at Corporate Speech Solutions. As a team of corporate speech-language pathologists, we are able to specifically address stuttering in the workplace and help you to make your speech and communication your most powerful professional tool, regardless of whether you stutter. Give us a call at 212-308-7725 or visit us on the web at www.corporatespeechsolutions.com to learn more about what we do. Don’t live in NYC? No problem! Our services are Skype ready, so CSS can help you improve your communication from anywhere in the world.