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Recover From Stuttering - Self-Help for People Who Stutter

Newsletter 39: May 2013

The Ezy-Speech fluency shaping technique focuses on the mechanics of talking with modified breathing. For this technique to be most effective, a person with a stutter (PWS) needs to be at a stage where there is no fear or avoidance in regard to their stuttering. Working on stuttering anxiety is an important part of the therapy process - demonstrating feelings, behaviours and thinking that lead to improved communication. The PWS needs to begin to feel responsible for his own behaviour and needs to realise that change happens in small steps. Working on his fears and avoidances in a systematic way and trying to reduce the shame of stuttering will positively affect the communication process.

Measure success by keeping track of small accomplishments and changes:
  • face your fear by entering a difficult speaking situation, e.g. making a phone call
  • disclosure ... tell others that you stutter
  • eliminate avoidance behaviours in small steps
  • maintain eye contact with your listener

Life is full of challenges and changes. If achieving fluent speech is one of your life goals, then work on the emotional aspect in order for the physical speech tools to be successful.

Changing Your ABCs of Stuttering (November 2011 Newsletter)

Stuttering is a complex communication disorder rather than simply a speech disorder. The term, ABCs of Stuttering (A=affective, B=behavioural, C=cognitive), sums up its complexity. Affective - your feelings and emotions related to stuttering. Behavioural – the things you do, or have done in the past, to cope with stuttering. Cognitive – what you think before, during or after you stutter. Research shows that all these parts of the ABC model need to be addressed in order to obtain the most success from your stuttering therapy program. (Read more ...)

Ezy-Speech Affirmation of the Month

I ALLOW MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO HELP. (May 15 is International Day of Families.)

I include my family and friends in my maintenance program. I tell them how important they are in me having success with my new technique. My loved ones expect me to use my technique at home. My family and friends remind me when I slip up.

The Ezy-Speech Team


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