Stuttering

Stuttering can dramatically affect your life but it does not have to keep you from doing what you want! I believe that understanding your stuttering and looking at it objectively are important aspects of dealing with it. Therapy activities may include the following:

  • Learning about (your) stuttering
  • Fluency shaping (fluency techniques)
  • Reducing the strength of the stuttering event
  • Modifying the stuttering event as it happens
  • Discussing thoughts and feelings about stuttering
  • Applying learned skills to real situations

I also am a provider of the SpeechEasy fluency device. Some people who stutter experience more fluency when wearing it. For those people, the device can serve as one of many tools to address stuttering rather than be a substitute for therapy. If you are considering the device, I provide testing to determine whether it is appropriate for you. I help you through the process of ordering, checking, using, adjusting, and maintaining the device.

 

Quick tips

Telling your listener that you stutter may help to decrease any awkwardness in communication.

Are you aware of the kinds of speech disruptions you are experiencing? Are sounds prolonged? Do sounds or syllables successively repeat? Do you experience moments of pressured silence?

Avoid trying to push out a word. As an alternative, before you start the word, try to relax your throat and ease into it.