International Stuttering Awareness Day is celebrated annually on October 22 and tells that stuttering is a problem not only for a particular person, but for the whole society. People with stuttering often become targets of ridicule and hatred due to impaired speech. It is important to convey that some breaks in their speech do not make them abnormal – the world should not laugh at this feature.
Unfortunately, people with stutters have been treated horribly. In the 19th century, operations were performed in Europe to remove the tongue or part of it, as well as the tonsils. Some died from blood loss, others survived, but did not stop stuttering. After the methods were canceled due to the large number of deaths.
In some other areas, herbal remedies were taken for stuttering, they drank liquid from the shell of snails. Superstitions said that the disease appeared due to excessive examination of one’s own reflection in the mirror. Now there are special therapies that help control speech, lips, jaw movements. Often drugs are prescribed, but their effect is very limited, and the side effects are too obvious.
Stuttering was also studied in the 4th century BC. The ancient Greek statesman Demosthenes suffered from a violation and caught grins from his surroundings. However, he was a literate person, so he developed his own method, by which he successfully got rid of the defect. Demosthenes practiced speaking loudly and saw improvement over time.
It is noteworthy that:
- logoneurosis appears most often in 2-5 years. This is the most active period in the development of phase speech;
- stuttering is more of a male disease, the female sex is faced with it much more often;
- some reasons lie in the unfavorable course of pregnancy, complications during childbirth, heredity.
How to celebrate
Learn about great people who have experienced stuttering. Some overcame the disease, others lived with it throughout their existence. All of them were literate and successful! Tell others that such people do not deserve to be treated badly. If you are one of the people who stutters, it’s time to go to the doctor’s office and prescribe an effective treatment.
When is International Stuttering Awareness Day celebrated in 2022?
International Stuttering Awareness Day is observed on October 22 each year.