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

" STAMMERING-SCHOOLS "                267

they leave the institution. These pupils almost in-
variably relapse when the vocal exercises, etc. (which
probably intensify the auditory imagery), are prac-
tised less frequently or discontinued. The relapse
is usually ascribed by the principals of these schools
to "carelessness/' But the writer could name four
principals that have themselves relapsed; thus it
might be better to find another argument.

The facts are that these various speech-institutions
usually treat nothing but physical stammering. By
removing this excrescence they often effect a spec-
tacular improvement; but they seldom accomplish a
cure. In this connection the words of Kingsley are
significant:

41 You can cure yourself, or all but cure yourself1 in three
months ,,. if you will think over, and practise, what follows."2

The "all but" is significant; and Kingsley ad-
vises his correspondent to "keep up reading aloud,'for
months to come, or even for years."

Bell advises the stammerer to "work on hopefully,
even though, for a time, he should seem to be ' hoping
against hope.7"B

Wyneken, the reader will remember, spent two and

1 Italics not In the original

a "Charles Kingsley: his Letters and Memories of Ms Life/' Vol.
II, p. 260,

* Alexander Melville Bell, "Principles of Speech/* 5th ed, p. 240.