International Stuttering Awareness Day observed
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 24 Oct 2013

An online conference was organized to mark International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) 2013 by the International Stuttering Foundation this year. This happened to be the 16th 'ISAD Online Conference' conducted from October 1 to October 22, dedicated to the international observance.

October 22 was designated as ISAD in 1998 to raise public awareness of the millions of people - one per cent of the world's population who have the speech disorder of stuttering, also known as stammering.

The ISAD’s Stuttering Home Page is dedicated to providing information about stuttering and other fluency disorders for both consumers and professionals who work with people who stutter.

It includes information about research, therapy, support organizations, resources for professors who teach fluency disorders courses, materials for kids who stutter, and much more.

According to the Stuttering Foundation, the ISAD observance has special worldwide commitment to educate people about this complex disorder; work toward the prevention of stuttering in children; let people know that help is available; promote research to find the causes of stuttering’

In daily life, movies, schools and work places, the people with stammering disorder are laughed at. In schools, children with speech disorder need to be given special care and support to improve speech. In schools, modeled fluency shaping technique or ‘easy relaxed speech’ that consists of training a new pattern of speech production through progressive steps should be used.

As a form of self-therapy, Malcolm Fraser, founder of the Stuttering Foundation of America and life member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in his book ‘Self-Therapy for the Stutterer’ says that make it a habit of always talking slowly and deliberately whether you stutter or not and practice the block correction procedures designed to modify or eliminate your abnormal speech muscle stuttering behavior. He adds that it is helpful to talk with inflection, rhythm and melody in a firm voice.

According to Wiki How, there are no instant miracle cures for stuttering. Therapy, electronic devices, and even drugs can't help make it an overnight process. It has been recommended that talking in front of the mirror is helpful to improve speech and boost confidence.