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

204      SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING

At times he is even discouraging. He mentions a
"Helpless Class/5 which seems to be a sort of skeleton
in the closet. He says, too, in reference to the cure,
that "it is vulgar and contemptible, to be asking,
'How much time will it take?'" But elsewhere he
tells us that to effect a cure the Method takes "hours
. . . days, weeks, months or years, according to the
degree of responsiveness of the organs and the degree
of attention given to it." Year si Now we are com-
ing to it. The number of years is undoubtedly
directly dependent upon the pupil's longevity.

We need scarcely comment upon the efficacy of the
"high carriage" and the "ta-tap" as remedies fof
hare-lip and dumbness. Here we may be dealing
with k joker. And perhaps the whole thing is nothing
but &jeu d'esprit, a culminating hoax in celebration of
the centenary of the Leigh method. But if we fail
to see the point, we may at least feel relieved when the
author admits that he has "embalmed" the Method
in his pages.

We turn now from one of the poorest expedients ever
introduced into the therapy of stammering to one that
is undoubtedly among the best. This measure, which
is effective chiefly as a preventive of physical stam-
mering, is physical relaxation and suppression of
physical effort. This particular remedy is em-
bodied in practically every system of treatment that
possesses merit.