“Everything seems normal till you start talking. The minute you start talking, you get stuck and you don’t know why. Right from your toes to the ends of your hair strands, you are in complete shock. Your heart palpitates, you don’t understand and you are aware of people looking at you. You can compare it to hell.”
– Hrithik Roshan
Today, the man you know as the famous Hrithik Roshan, the one who flies in Krish, the one who played the character of Akbar, was once suffering from ‘stuttering.’
Stuttering, as described by Wikipedia, is also known as stammering, which a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases as well as involuntary silent pauses or blocks in which the person who stutters is unable to produce sounds. In 2010, in an interview, he revealed that he was traumatized because of stammering that surfaced when he was about six years old, which he still has today.
In 2010, in an interview, Hrithik revealed that he was traumatized because of stammering that surfaced when he was about six years old, which he has till date.
Once, he told in an another interview, “For oral tests at school, I used to bunk school, I used to fall sick, I used to break my hand, I used to get a sprain.” But things changed after he practiced speech therapies on a daily basis and as a result, he was finally treated at age 14.
What is stuttering?
According to Watkins, stuttering is a disorder of “selection, initiation, and execution of motor sequences necessary for fluent speech production.”
Although repetition is a primary problem, it extends to pause, and prolongations of sounds. About 70 million people worldwide suffer from stuttering. Many may think of stuttering as any kind of physical problem of speech sounds or any kind of nervousness problem. But that’s not the fact, however, nervousness can boost your problem of stuttering.
Stuttering is also variable, that means this disorder can boost up or can boost down in certain situations. One who stutters may find himself to be more stuttering over a phone call than in a large group.
Researchers are still trying hard to know the exact cause of stuttering. People believe that neurophysiology and genetics both contribute to this disorder. As the cause of stuttering is unknown, so is the treatment that can completely cure it. Although there are many speech therapies that help speech disfluency.
To detect stuttering you need a good certified speech-language pathologist (SLP) because some symptoms or characteristics are hard to catch for regular listeners. As mentioned earlier, no proper treatment exists to completely cure stuttering. But many treatment options are there that can help individuals to have better command over their speech. Also, different therapies work differently for different people.
Fluency shaping therapy:
As the name suggests, this therapy is also known as “speak more fluently”, “prolonged speech” or “connected speech.” This helps the stutterer to have a good command over their fluency. They start with normal easy tasks. They help in controlling their breathing and articulation (lips, jaw, and tongue). Once a person masters this, then the focus slowly moves on to their daily life speech.
The goal of this therapy is not to eliminate stuttering but to modify it so that stuttering becomes effortless. Basically, it helps stutterer to loose their fear and to use easier stuttering. This therapy helps stutterer to have right pause and right fluency.
Electronic fluency device:
Electronic fluency devices are electronic devices intended to improve the fluency of people who stutter. Most electronic fluency devices change the sound of the user’s voice in his or her ear. This device is also known as an assistive device, electronic aids, altered auditory feedback devices and altered feedback devices. Studies of these techniques have had mixed results, some improved remarkably, some not at all.
One fact that you need to realize is that it will get better for you. You just need to give things time and have patience. Since every patient has a different way of recovering, some might get better faster or slower than the others. And even if no therapy seems to be working, you only need to care about your immediate friends and family. Do not focus on what other people think of you. Once they see you as a confident person, your confidence and your personality will take a front seat.
Because a pause in your speech should not have the power to stop you from achieving your dreams.