The following letter was written in response to the above Ann Landers column by a student in a Seminar on Stuttering at Minnesota State University, Mankato. It was published in August, 1999.
Dear Ann Landers: You printed a letter about a home remedy for
stutterers that consisted of reading out loud while clenching one's
teeth. Although this may help some people, a lot of other home
remedies cost consumers thousands of dollars and accomplish nothing. Please pass along this information to your readers:
Anyone who wants legitimate information should contact the
Stuttering Foundation of America, P. O. Box 11749, Memphis, Tenn.
38111-0749, or the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md. 20852 (www.asha.org). -- Stacy in Mankato, Minn.
- Be cautious of any stuttering therapy program that guarantees fluency. No one can guarantee that any particular technique will "cure" stuttering.
- Be aware of expensive programs that claim participants will
become "completely fluent." Very few of these programs have been
- Those who stutter should not blame themselves when home
remedies fail to work. Although some may benefit from a home remedy, they do not work for everyone. It is, however, worth a try.
- Stuttering is unique for each individual. Those who stutter
may benefit from seeing a speech-language pathologist who has at
least a master's degree in speech pathology, a Certificate of
Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association, and specializes in stuttering.
added September 11, 1999