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Believe In Your Technique and Allow Yourself to Change

Newsletter 72: February 2016
stuttering therapy
The problem for many people who stutter (PWS) is the maintenance of technique and resulting management of fluency. The stumbling block to maintaining fluency is not that the technique doesn’t work - the technique is brilliant! The reason the management of fluency is lost or reduced is due to the way the individual thinks about situations revolving around him or herself.

The very first thing we ask a person who stutters (PWS) who is thinking of taking on a therapy program is, “Are you willing to change as a person?” By asking this question, we don’t mean ‘Are you willing to change who you are?’ we mean ‘Are you willing to change your patterns of thinking regarding yourself and how you perceive others are thinking of you?’ PWS understand the sort of thinking we are referring to:
  • I will stutter next time I speak.
  • People think I am strange when I stutter.
  • People don’t like me if I stutter.
  • People are embarrassed when I stutter.
  • I am not respected when I stutter.
  • I find it difficult to make a point when I stutter.
.......the list goes on forever, varying according to the individual and often on a day-to-day basis, depending on how the person’s fluency is on a particular day. Negative thinking can also perpetuate the severity of the stutter. Anxiety associated with the fear of stuttering is at the core of most stuttering. This leads to less talking, more tension in stuttering and less interaction with others.

When a PWS undertakes a therapy program, it is usually in a controlled environment, perhaps a very supportive and controlled group environment. Everything is okay for the mind to think, ’I’m safe to do this, I need to do this to be happy, to be fluent.’ The fluency program allows PWS to be everything they want to be. Just the thought of undertaking a proven fluency program puts the mind at ease. Success and outcome in this controlled environment where the mind feels very comfortable is usually very good, with most people achieving good-to-excellent levels of control.

Allow yourself to change!

The problem is that the controlled environment does not address all the negative thinking that most PWS drag around with them all their lives. Good cognitive training helps PWS understand that not only does there have to be a change in the way you deliver speech but also shows the individual that you need to ‘allow yourself to change’ and that it is okay to do so!

When a good understanding of the cognitive issues are obtained and vital positive changes in thinking are put into place, then real success can be had in terms of fluency management outside that controlled environment. Remember, you have to allow yourself to change for the better.

Support the technique that you know works and step into that new positive pathway.

Ezy-Speech Affirmation of the Month

I BELIEVE IN MY FLUENCY TECHNIQUE.

I am aware that the Ezy-Speech fluency technique works and I believe that it will work for me. I release all negative thoughts about my speech.

The Ezy-Speech Team


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