What is stammering?

Stammering is a symptom of an emotional state that involves people with a higher than normal sense of sensibility. Stammering is a disorder of emotional origin that comes from nervous tension. Stammering, therefore, is not a clinical problem but it is a speech disorder of a nervous origin without alteration of the organs of speech.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines stammering as a disorder of the rhythm of the language in which the individual knows exactly what he wants to say but is unable to do so due to repetitive involuntary extensions or interruptions in the sound.

The cause: emotional tension

The moment you start talking is a source of great tension for a stammerer. This tension is ignored by those who do not  have the disorder and cannot understand it. Scheider’s thesis is that emotional stress causes stammering. The psychological origin of stammering is also supported by Martin Schwartz in “ Stuttering Defeat “
The French speech therapist Suzanne Borrell- Maisonner, considered  one of the greatest stuttering therapists, says that emotional weakness is the typical characteristic of stutterers. The causes that lead a person to stutter are therefore attributable to the apprehension of an emotional person.

A  moral and social  burden

Stuttering is often an obstacle in social relations especially in the workplace.
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We have realized that the cause of stammering is not a medical problem. Therefore, stammering should be approached with a specialist treatment that goes beyond normal clinical care: “The Orthoepic Method” which is based on the techniques of modulation normally associated with singing.