Saturday, May 26, 2012

ADHD and Stuttering

In my experience with stammers, stutters, turrets, etc, there are always two parts and you touched on both--stress and brain function. For the purpose of this conversation, there are two sources of stress--event induced and personality-style induced. Unfortunately, many practitioners are only trained to address event induced stress and have no experience or model to address personality-style induced stress, as is common for folks with ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, etc. As for brain function, the comment, "Because of the fact that nobody stammers when singing", is very revealing. The fact is correct and the reason is not only simple, it is key to removing issues such as stammers and stutters. When we sing, we always use the pattern recognition or right side of the brain. The simple fact is that when stutterers and stammerers are taught to speak with the right side of the brain, the problem virtually disappears.


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