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

122      SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING

A modern tendency in German stammering-schools
is to require advanced pupils to prolong only the
initial vowel of a sentence. The succeeding vowels
are sometimes slightly lengthened, but they are not
drawled and wailed to such an extent as formerly.
The following in reference to the expedient :

"The stammerer has his greatest difficulty in speech when
he begins: the trouble occurs at the beginning of sentences.
It is at this point that his fear and his dread of stammering
rob Him, of his confidence; he stammers far less in finishing
the sentence. It is therefore necessary to furnish the stammerer
with some expedient that will tide him over his supposed diffi-
culties at this particular point. The expedient is this: he
must accustom himself to lengthening the initial vowel as much
as possible. He must no longer say 'Right is always right/
but *Ri—ght is always right/ This method is thoroughly
reliable, and the hearer will not find it in any way conspicuous
or displeasing."

Exercises practically identical with the following
are employed in three of the leading German stam-
mering-schools :

habitually speak with painful rapidity, and at times almost breathless
haste, until they are suddenly stopped in mid career of their impetuous
speech by the impediment suddenly coming on. By a spasmodic
effort, eventually they recover their power of articulation, and rattle
on with their hurried words until they are once more arrested in the
same way, in the very midst of a word, perhaps; and so they go on to
the pain and distress of themselves and those whom they are address-
ing."

In an English stammering-school slow speaking is carried to the
point where the pupils utter only one word on^ a breath at the begin-
ning of treatment.