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Recover From Stuttering - The Importance of Maintaining Technique

Newsletter 11: January 2011

If you have a stutter and feel that you need to do something about it, you probably know about the different forms of therapy available that provide fluency control. One of the most effective systems is fluency shaping therapy using Prolonged Speech strategies. This stuttering therapy has excellent science-based formula and has given millions of people good levels of fluency control, depending on the individual.

Once you have completed an intensive course or perhaps in-home stuttering therapy, then initially you should achieve good levels of control over your fluency. The feeling you have on completion of these courses in Prolonged or Smooth Speech can be wonderful. You feel like letting your speech gallop off, and you sort of tag along for the wonderful ride that fluency control can give you. Beware! This feeling is risky in terms of extending the control over your fluency. Pull back on those reins a bit and ensure that the control is there every time you open your mouth to speak.

Maintenance of technique following a stuttering therapy course is just as important as undertaking the course itself. You must know by now that there is no cure for a stutter, just management.

What a drag! I know the last thing you will want to do is spend more time working on your fluency, especially since you feel so good following the course.

The reality is...we can never stop working on our fluency, maintaining our technique, if we want to keep our dreaded stuttering at bay.

Maintenance + Practice = Fluency Control

One of the main objections to the intensive courses was that the control of fluency was not lasting. However, criticism of these courses and the therapies taught were unfounded. We all know now that individual control over fluency is really up to us, and that our technique will always work if we allow ourselves to use it!

In Australia, many people who stutter (PWS) have undertaken courses in a fluency shaping therapy called Smooth Speech. These courses were offered to people free of charge. Alas, these courses are few and far between these days. There is an organization called the Australian Speak Easy Association (ASEA) for people who have completed a Smooth Speech / Prolonged Speech course. Here you will find plenty of support from other recovering stutterers. This works well, with members of the Association meeting at various locations around Australia for weekly maintenance sessions. The main aim of the Association is to provide an avenue for PWS to meet with other like-minded individuals so that they can practise and hone their fluency skills. Face-to-face associations like the ASEA are very important for PWS and will always be solid support in recovering stutterers’ lives.

Intensive Prolonged Speech courses provide solid training in the technique. In-home stuttering therapy, such as the Ezy-Speech Program, provides solid training also. The individual stutterer chooses when, where and how often to have treatment. The internal drive, the motivation to persevere, is vital. Ezy-Speech also provides many hours of face-to-face teletherapy sessions via Skype to ensure that the individual is adopting correct technique. Teletherapy certainly does put the control back into people’s hands. It allows people flexibility to slot in practise sessions with like-minded individuals and speech coaches when it suits them. Professional support can also be accessed.

Nowadays time is becoming more limiting for us all. It’s important to find a cost-effective, time-efficient and best-fit maintenance program that suits us. If we can access therapy and support from the comfort of our own home, why not?

Take on that stutter and put the control back in your hands.

Ezy-Speech Affirmation of the Month

I ADDRESS MY TECHNIQUE.

Every time I prepare to speak I address my technique. Ensuring that technique is always there means that fluency is always there. It means that confidence in technique is maintained.

The Ezy-Speech Team



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