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April 3, 1948

Overcoming Stammering

JAMA. 1948;136(14):954. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890310046033

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This book attempts to present a practical system for the treatment of the stammering child. The terms stammering and stuttering are considered synonymously in the text The author, a practicing speech correctionist, advocates reconditioning the speech reflexes, contending that stammering must be overcome by developing the faculty of speech itself. He takes issue with those who look on stammering as the symptom of an inferior nervous constitution and with those who seek to achieve correction solely through public speaking, breath control or word substitution and the like.

The method involves learning speech over again, in an objective way, following essentially the same steps by which a child learns to talk. Fundamental and auxiliary drills are employed, and a partial silence to allow for the setting of new speech responses is a part of the procedure. Tongue, facial and general physical exercises are used to break down muscular rigidity. A great