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Recover From Stuttering - Release the Old and Welcome the New

Newsletter 22: December 2011

As 2011 draws to a close and a new year is set to begin, resolve to make your fluency, rather than your stuttering, a priority in your life.

"The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as in playing a poor hand well."
H. T. Leslie

Are you a person with a stutter who wants to achieve fluent speech? Utilising an evidence-based fluency technique like Ezy-Speech would be of great benefit. Maximum utilisation is necessary - mastering the technique requires practising the skills.

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing. That's why we recommend it daily."
Zig Ziglar

Research shows that when you practise several different skills within one practice session, it results in better retention (remembering) of the skill in the long term. In contrast, massed practice schedules, where you practise the same skill repetitively, is not as effective in the long term and this is true for motor and verbal skills (Magill & Hall, 1990; Shea & Morgan, 1979). For example, with basketball it is most useful to practise dribbling, shooting and running in one practice session rather than just dribbling. Similarly, variable practice results in better retention than does constant practice for both motor and verbal skills (Schmidt & Bjork, 1992). This means it is better to practise shooting hoops from 2', 3' and 4', rather than just from 3', even if, for the final test, the hoop is 3' away (Kerr & Booth, 1978). Finally, research also shows better retention of motor and verbal skills for distributed practice over time (have more short sessions vs. fewer long sessions; Baddeley, & Longman, 1978).

This information can impact the practice of your Ezy-Speech fluency technique. Make use of frequent variable practice sessions: practise diaphragmatic breathing and variable speed rates. Treatment for stuttering can also be effective when it occurs in an individual's natural environment.

"There is no passion to be found in playing small - in settling for a life that is less than what you are capable of living."
Nelson Mandela

What happens before and after the stutter is as important as the stuttered word(s). Most people who stutter (PWS) have developed a degree of anxiety related to stuttering. They feel the stutter coming, generally in the region from the stomach to the throat. Many PWS replay the dysfluent events with shame and embarrassment. Learning to closely examine the thoughts and feelings associated with stuttering can help a PWS dramatically reduce his/her anxiety, and earn consistent fluent speech.

Changing your thought patterns is essential in order to remove the fear and avoidance. In fact, reframing stuttering thoughts is essential for stable speech control.
*Our psychologist's impending cognitive program will offer fundamental assistance.

"Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it."
Unknown

Getting involved in a stuttering support network like Ezy-Speech is an important step in the recovery process.

Self-Reflection Questions:
If you anticipate a stutter or if you are learning from a past stutter, ask yourself
1. What do/did I believe about stuttering?
2. What does/did it mean to stutter?

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
Unknown

Ezy-Speech Affirmation of the Month


I RELEASE THE OLD AND WELCOME THE NEW.

I challenge my old irrational beliefs. I erase them. I develop new positive neural pathways leading to a more fluent me.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Ezy-Speech Team


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