Speech therapy usually becomes necessary when a person suffers from severe speech problems characterized by stuttering and stammering. This can be a pretty frustrating problem to have as it can keep you from verbally expressing your thoughts and feelings and prevent you from communicating clearly with other people. And if you’re on your way up the career ladder, speech impediments can be a serious stumbling block in your way.
There are formal speech therapy courses you can join if you want to seek treatment for your speech problems. But there are also many self help techniques that you can work on so you don’t have to pay for professional therapy. If done the right way, these self help techniques can even work faster and more effectively.
1. Subliminal Therapy. Subliminal therapy is the use of videos and songs that are specifically created for one purpose: to send hidden messages directly to the subconscious level. The purpose of these messages is to retrain or reprogram the mind. They are so powerful that they can remove habits, thought patterns, and beliefs that used to have a steadfast hold on your personality.
So instead of your mind registering the idea that you have speech problems, you can program your mind to think along these lines instead:
I am healthy in speech and thought.
I can speak freely.
I am confident in speech.
Speaking comes naturally to me.
I speak with full confidence.
The reason why subliminal therapy is effective in treating speech problems is that problems with speech are not physical illnesses but more of problems with perception or habit. This is because speech is itself a result of a mental process. Thus, a simple reprogramming conducted through subliminal therapy usually works.
2. Yoga and Meditation. Yoga and meditation also have advantages for people who stutter and stammer a lot. A lot of speech problems are caused by the inability to construct thoughts into comprehensible and logically formed sentences or the inability to find the correct words and the proper way to express one’s ideas or thoughts. These problems are often caused by a cluttered mind.
Yoga and meditation works by giving you control over your mind, which then gives you control over your body. First, yoga will empty and clear your mind of obstructions and clutter so it will be easier for you to make sense of your thoughts and form them into logical ideas. Then, yoga will also relax your entire body, including all the muscles in your face and jaw, so you will not be hampered and will be able to speak freely.
3. Regular Speech Problems. Identify the specific problems you have with your speech and practice. A lot of people tend to have difficulties with certain words, letters, or sounds. If there are specific problems, you can practice so speaking and forming those words or sounds will come more naturally to you eventually.
4. Self Confidence Self Help. You can also seek self help techniques to help boost your self confidence. There are cases where a person has no problems speaking but tend to stutter or stammer when he or she needs to speak with other people. More often than not, this is a problem of self confidence deficiency. There are subliminal videos and self help books designed to help pour more confidence into you.