International Stuttering Awareness Day
People joke about everything: about blondes, citizens of all countries, about children, teenagers, cultures, history, religions, various human conditions and mindsets. Some of these jokes are truly funny and some are just plain offensive. Jokes about disabilities, in particular, can be hurtful and mean-spirited towards people with disabilities and their families. There are many disability awareness days that help us to understand the difficulties faced by the disabled, even though their disabilities may seem minor. It can be a serious problem in the professional and personal lives of people suffering from it. It can take many years to overcome, as well as the embarrassment it can cause.
Over the centuries, stuttering has been a topic of great interest to many doctors. Demosthenes, an ancient Greek statesman, is one of the most well-known stutterers. Demosthenes was a 4th-century BC man who couldn’t speak without stuttering. He was mocked often by his peers and became determined to control his condition. He tried a variety of techniques, including practicing speaking loud enough to be heard above the waves and using pebbles in the mouth. After much effort, he was successful. Others who struggle with their speech include Claudius the Roman Emperor, Winston Churchill the British Prime Minister, Marilyn Monroe the Hollywood icon, and James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader.
Stuttering was a common condition in ancient and medieval times. It was often treated with herbal remedies. Some believed that babies could have the condition by being tickled or looking at themselves in the mirror. There were many dangerous procedures that could be performed to correct stutterers’ speech in the 18th and 19th century. These included small incisions on the lips or tongue, as well as removing tonsils. None of these were successful. Fluency shaping therapy is now available to help stutterers control their tongue, jaw, and lips. It has been proven that stutterers can improve their speech by reducing their stress levels and anxiety. Although they can be prescribed as a last resort, there are a few medications that may be effective, but with a lot of side effects.
This is the best way to celebrate. Read about some of the most influential and talented people who have struggled with stuttering and what they did to overcome it. The Oscar-winning drama “The King’s Speech”, about King George VI and Lionel Logue (his speech and language therapist), who worked tirelessly to overcome their disability, is a good choice. This day is a great opportunity to speak to your children about the struggles and lives of others who are disabled. To help people who cannot afford treatment, you can make a donation to International Stuttering Association.