Reduce Stuttering a Moment at a Time

Newsletter 78: August 2016

Rethinking how you use the small moments of free time in your day might be better for you than taking a big holiday, according to research.

When we want to reduce stress, it's often tempting to adopt a 'bigger is better' mentality. But sometimes smaller is better. A taste of something delicious, like a dessert, is yummy. Having a small portion is just right, but too much leaves you feeling overfull and uncomfortable.

Studies show that once people have the basics in life, it's not so much big events that make people happy. For example Daniel Gilbert in 'The Science Behind the Smile' says that big experiences tend to affect us for about three months and then the exuberance fades.

The people who are happy ultimately aren't the lottery winners. They're people who have found ways to invite small, positive experiences into their lives every day, many times a day. People who savour the pauses are the ones who are the most able to reduce stress and who are most content.

This idea can be effectively adopted into your daily fluency management.

Reduce Stuttering a Moment at a Time

In some of those small moments of free time during your day, do silent fluency practice.
"How is sitting in silence going to help anyone develop their fluency technique? Actually, research has shown through brain scans that silent practice on either physical or verbal processes can be as effective or even more effective in laying down stronger neural pathways for that said process.

Perhaps you find yourself sitting on a train or a bus on the way to work. Practise in silence. Use your technique as you were instructed:
  • draw a slow in-breath into the diaphragm
  • drop the sound onto the outgoing airflow
  • meter the syllables evenly across the airflow
  • continue the airflow after the sound ends
  • repeat the process
The only difference to this would be not to make a sound. Imagine the sounds, syllables in your mind, imagine the sounds are coming from your mouth, only they're not. Try this silent practice. It's empowering, confidence-building and strengthens technique.

Many of us have wonderful strategies to help us with the management of our fluency. The maintenance of our technique and the ability to have it right there when you need it doesn't just happen, you have to work for it. You know the old sayings: 'If you don't use it you'll lose it', 'Practice makes perfect', 'The more you train in practice the less you bleed in battle.' All these quotations are true to a lesser or larger extent, depending on the way you think or how important it is to you." Newsletter 31: Recover From Stuttering - You Don't Have to Say a Word to Practise Your Fluency Technique

As a person with a stutter, create free time every hour during the day to do some fluency practice, deep breathing... any activity that will improve your speech confidence and energise you. It can take less than a minute. These small changes can lead to big, positive changes to your speaking fluency.

Ezy-Speech Affirmation of the Month


Regular practice helps me achieve my fluency goals.

The Ezy-Speech Team

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