A Few Useful Stuttering Tips
The Internet is a good source of information about stuttering and also a good source of stuttering tips. One of the problems encountered however is after about the third tip or "secret" on how to stop stuttering, you're often advised to buy a book on the subject to discover the rest of the story.
While a book on stuttering is no doubt a source of stuttering tips, that's usually not why someone begins their search. We search the internet to find information, and are not looking for opportunities to purchase a book that is going to tell us the remaining 97 stuttering tips after we've read the first 3 on the computer screen.
The purpose of this article isn't to downplay the importance of books on stuttering. Obviously the more information one can find on the topic, the greater the chances are of success in dealing with it, and at some point the person who stutters is going to have to spend some time learning about the disorder.
Two Things Worth Trying - There are a couple of stuttering tips however that seem to stand out, and are probably worth trying. You'll read about the psychological issues which can make it difficult to stop stuttering, but taking a pro active approach is at least a good start, and you can worry about the psychological and physiological aspects of the problem later.
The first thing to consider is breathing. As silly as it sounds, proper breathing is a cure for some ailments and a preventive measure against others. Most people don't know how to breathe properly, thinking that since we do it automatically we're doing it correctly. Proper breathing, among other things settles the mind, and settling the mind can be a very important step towards beginning to learn how not to stutter.
The second suggestion is to do a lot of singing, or read out loud, probably best doing either or both while alone. Combined with good posture and good breathing, a brisk reading or singing session serves to exercise the right muscles when it comes to forming words. This isn't a guaranteed cure, but has been suggested by a number of people and is something you don't have to purchase a book to do, beyond the book you may be reading out of, which reading.
While getting professional help or advice is by far the best approach, you can at least try either or both of the above tips and see if after awhile they have helped at all. If so, keep it up. And if you are under the care of a therapist let them know that your breathing and speaking/singing exercises seem to be helping. That knowledge may help your therapist help you.
Statistics - For what it's worth, studying is primarily a male problem. You may occasionally run across a woman who stutters, but for every one that does, four men do as well. About one out of every twenty children have a stuttering problem. Fortunately in the majority of cases it is a temporary situation soon outgrown. A few however require therapy to address the problem early on in an attempt to avoid carrying it on into adulthood.
Three Examples - When we hear the voices of James Earl Jones, Winston Churchill, or Marilyn Monroe, there is not the slightest indication that each one of them stuttered, yet they did, which only shows that there is hope for the rest of us who have the problem.
A good source for assistance is the The Stuttering Foundation, a non-profit organization which can be accessed on the web, and which provides a wealth of tips, brochures, books, and information on where help may be sought, as well as useful information on the disorder itself.