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Recover From Stuttering - Become Spring-Loaded

Newsletter 55: September 2014

Spring has sprung in our part of the world, and we here at Ezy-Speech are feeling spring-loaded with helpful ideas to maintain fluency.

Squash the ANTs. In his book, "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life", Dr Daniel Amen talks about ANTs - Automatic Negative Thoughts. These are the bad thoughts that are usually reactionary like, "Those people are laughing, they must be talking about me," or "The boss wants to see me? It must be bad!" When you notice these thoughts, realise that they are nothing more than ANTs and squash them! (Newsletter 10: Tips for Fluent Speech)

Practise your fluency technique regularly - your breathing and the rhythmical process of phrase followed by pause followed by phrase followed by pause...

Remember to use diaphragmatic (belly) breathing. This is the motor that drives your Ezy-Speech technique. If this is used in a Yin Yang relationship during conversation then blocking is not possible.

Imagine your success! Believe in your technique, only you can choose to use it in real-world situations. It’s true, if you can use good fluency management in clinical or practise sessions then you can allow yourself to do the same in the real world.

Now is the time to take control of your speech. Only you can make that choice. Other people in your life want you to be happy, successful and achieve your goals. Don’t forget to let them know how important your fluency is to you and they will support you.

Gentle onsets to phrases - the movement and contact used in producing the onset sound should be smooth and gentle enough to ensure continuous airflow. (http://www.speakeasy.org.au/stuttering/smooth-speech/) Remember, we need to be prepared to speak with technique. Preparation is the key not only for good fluency management but in all aspects of life.

Ezy-Speech Affirmation of the Month

I SPRING-LOAD MY FLUENCY MANAGEMENT.

Spring has sprung! This new season invigorates my motivation for a fresh approach to my fluency management.

The Ezy-Speech Team


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