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Full text of "Stamering And Cognate Defects Of Speech Vol - Ii"

24        SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING

And thus another writer:

"Let him [the stammerer] hold a lighted candle in front of
him as if he intended to blow it out; then endeavor to speak
slowly,- at the same time blowing the words out with sufficient
force to extinguish the light, and if he continues to do this
about once a day, say at bedtime, and at all times when he
makes an effort to speak to 'blow' his words out slowly, he will
find it beneficial to his speech. I know of people who have
cured themselves in this way, and who show no signs of stam-
mering."

In support of strong exhalation the words of Bangs-
ley are sometimes cited that "there has been at least
one frightful stammerer ere now who spoke perfectly
plainly as long as he was in the saddle." The fact is
also adduced that Satyrus required Demosthenes to
declaim while walking uphill. Neither argument is
very convincing.

Apparently the forceful expiration is intended to
offset throat-contraction and the various "spasms";
and presumably the restrained expiration is intended
to counteract the habit of exhausting the breath
immediately before or during speech. It seems
reasonable for one to believe that either of these
expedients might prove valuable in particular cases
for removing specific faults of utterance; but it
seems equally reasonable to believe that these ex-
pedients,' if applied indiscriminately, would be more
likely to engender faults than to remove them.