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Don’t let the severity of your stutter dictate your future.

Newsletter 69: November 2015

Stuttering can be rated from 1 to 5 in terms of severity ... 1 being low severity and 5 being high. It can also be rated for cognitive perception, that is, how concerned the individual is about his or her dysfluency ... 1 being of little concern and 5 being very concerned. Some people have a combined rating of 1:5, being very low severity with the highest concern. So although the person seems to have very little difficulty with fluency, there is a strong psychological concern which increases the person’s stress levels. Those with a combined rating of 5:5 show the strongest of concern about a severe dysfluency. These people stand to gain the most from undertaking therapy and cognitive training. If you are one of these individuals, you have probably had speech therapy at some stage. Perhaps you felt that it wasn’t working for you at that time. Well, now is the time to step into a speech technique that will help you maintain fluency and stay there! Rather than stuttering severely and putting up with all those negative thoughts that continually drag you down, use the technique that, perhaps for the first time in your life, will give you control over your fluency problem.

Put yourself out there in situations you would have usually avoided. Get involved in life and let people know what you are doing and how you want to change and feel better about yourself. Disclosure and use of technique are very important tools to ensure you stay on track with recovery from stuttering. These aspects along with strong commitment to technique and a positive outlook will ensure the improvement continues. This altered scenario could be part of your future. The only person who can give you all of these outcomes is YOU. You must allow yourself to change! Only YOU can do it, no one else can do it for you!

You may think to yourself, "No no, I can't do this. It's too hard, people will think I'm odd and wonder why I'm speaking like this. I can't speak in such a different way to people who know me, they will think I'm too different."

Or you may think to yourself, "Yes, I can do this. My friends and family will be so proud of me stepping up and confronting the stuttering problem that they know I have struggled with all my life. So what if I speak a little differently, a little slower at first with technique. I’m going to stay positive and take responsibility for my own recovery."

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In November in the United States every year, Thanksgiving is celebrated as a day of giving thanks. As a person who stutters, being grateful for the technique, commitment and perseverance to overcome your dysfluency is a positive step towards using your fluency technique effectively.

Ezy-Speech Affirmation of the Month

I CAN DO IT.

I use my power wisely. I am strong. I am positive. I am grateful for the opportunity to manage my fluency.

The Ezy-Speech Team


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