Mindfulness and Stuttering
Published by Lori Melnitsky
October 17, 2020 2:20 pm
Mindfulness and Stuttering?Stuttering needs no introduction anymore. About 5 to 10% of all children are known to stutter at some point. While most children under age 6, with the help of therapy and the right treatment, will stop stuttering over a period of time. But for some, stuttering persists through adulthood. Mindfulness meditation is an approach used to assist both children and adult to be present and focused.
What is mindfulness?Stuttering is often a exacerbated during high pressure and anxiety situations. With the help of mindfulness meditation, you are being trained to observe yourself closely at the moment. It creates awareness of your speech and how listeners respond to your conversations. Whether you stutter or not, mindfulness allows you to be present at the moment. The purpose of mindfulness is not solving your stuttering, but to observe current challenges with clear perception. It not only increases psychological well being but also positively influences behavioral components. Many speech-language pathologists use mindfulness and meditation as an effective technique in speech therapy to help with stuttering.
How does mindfulness help with stuttering?When it comes to clients who stutter, mindfulness helps identify what happens when stuttering occurs and identifies how others respond to your stuttering. Apart from that, it reduces the negative judgements we often impose on ourselves. It’s similar to self-monitoring at the beginning of therapy. Mindfulness must not be considered as a cure-all for stuttering, but it can be a significant tool to give you a better outlook if you dedicate time towards guided mindfulness meditation. Now that you have a better understanding of mindfulness and how it works, let’s take a closer look at the impact it can have on people who stutter.
- Awareness: It is helpful for people who stutter to have self-awareness about stuttering. With mindfulness, you will be able to look beyond the verbal aspect of communication and start observing yourself, including body language and nonverbals. This directly helps you reflect on the effectiveness of the conversation.
- Acceptance: Once you are aware of you are self-aware, there is a sense of acceptance that comes around. With mindfulness, your thoughts and actions will be the focus. As you have self-awareness and acceptance, you’ll notice how stress and anxiety may decrease impacting negative thoughts.