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

144      SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING

A few European schools have similar eclectic
"methods" for the "attack" of difficult words, and
one or two employ diacritics in connection with verbal
exercises. There is little, however, that can be said
in favor of a procedure that requires the pupil to
dodge about from one expedient to another. It is
possible that the endeavor to select and execute the
prescribed manoeuvre for each particular consonant
may for a time engage the pupil's attention to a
sufficient extent to exclude multiple thought. On the
other hand, it is equally possible and probable that
the attempt to apply the system will itself induce
bewilderment. With these two possibilities in mind,
one can hardly accord the measure an enthusiastic
indorsement.  The signal feature with these eclectic
"methods" is that the various expedients from which
the pupil makes his selection can in most cases be
applied simultaneously. There is no reason, for
instance, why the stammerer should not at all times
articulate lightly, use a free movement of the jaw,
and employ a reasonably low pitch. Furthermore,
the arguments that apply for a particular expedient
with a particular group of consonants usually apply
for the same expedient with any other group of
consonants. Unfortunately these systems are in-
troduced with no clear explanation of their raison
d'etre; hence one is rather puzzled to know what
it is all about.