Stuttering Support Groups – an essential part of recovery


Say the words “support group” to most people and you tend to get a negative reaction. “I don’t need a support group” or “no, I am not the support group sort of person” is generally the reply you will get. So for a person to attend a stuttering support group is a big step in [...]

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SpeechEasy – A Personal Experience Part 2


As mentioned in my previous post, I own a SpeechEasy device, and although I experienced the drawbacks that I explained in that post, it did work for me in significantly reducing my stuttering. So how was this happening? I had been told about the so called, “choral effect” explanation, but what was actually happening? Well when I [...]

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SpeechEasy – A Personal Experience Part 1


The SpeechEasy is a small “anti-stuttering” device that uses hearing aid technology to deliver Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF), and, Frequency Altered Feedback (FAF), to a person who stutters. DAF and FAF have been found to reduce stuttering to varying degrees. The SpeechEasy technology is based on the phenomenon that when a person who stutters, speaks or reads in unison with [...]

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Prolonged Speech – Stuttering Treatment’s Gold Standard


Prolonged Speech – In previous posts, I have spoken a lot about the difficulties that people who stutter tend to face, when they are trying to learn and maintain a fluency shaping technique. I have also spoken extensively about the psychological and spiritual sides of approaching the problem. There are a number of mainstream approaches to [...]

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The Alchemy of Stuttering- A Spiritual Approach Part 2


Stuttering – In the first part of this post, I spoke about how I believe that stuttering/stammering is like a vine, that has wrapped itself around every aspect of your being, and in order to remove the influence of stuttering/stammering from your life, you not only need to look at using some of these mainstream [...]

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The Alchemy of Stuttering- A Spiritual Approach Part 1


I have spoken briefly in previous posts, about the different forms of speech therapy for stuttering that are available to people who stutter, and I have also spoken briefly about the various methods of approaching the psychological side of stuttering/stammering, but are you aware that you can alter your experiences associated with stuttering/stammering, (and speaking [...]

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Finding Your Path to Stuttering Success.


Some time ago, a stuttering teen reader of the Stuttering Brain blog, wrote this frank and open account, of her feelings about her stuttering problem. I quickly typed my thoughts down into a response to her seeking help for stuttering/stammering, which I now want to share with any other teen stutterer who may find these ideas [...]

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) – a treatment for stuttering or not?


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, (CBT), is a behavioural approach to addressing thoughts and feelings that lead to anxiety, and, in the case of the person who stutters/stammers, social phobia. CBT is increasingly being used as a tool to treat stuttering/stammering, based on the premise that stuttering/stammering is aggravated by anxiety, and in many cases this anxiety [...]

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Beating Stuttering Thoughts – CBT, NLP, EFT & Narrative Therapy


In my last couple of posts, I have spoken about the psychological side of stuttering/stammering, and how our fear of speaking anxiety, is largely as a result of the perceived consequence of speaking with dysfluent speech. I spoke about some of the typical destructive and fear of speaking anxiety provoking consequences, that we can conjure up [...]

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The Consequences of Dysfluent Speech – fact or fiction?


In my last post, I spoke about the components that make up the fear of speaking anxiety level of a person who stutters, and I pointed out that irrespective of whether you have had some speech therapy for stuttering to alter the “probability of stuttering”, you need to work on the component of, the “consequence”, of [...]

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Probability and Consequence – their role in speaking anxiety


As mentioned in my last post, people who stutter or stammer appear to have a lowered capacity to manage the speech mechanism, when their fear of speaking anxiety level goes above a certain threshold level. If we realise and accept that, we can start to look at what are the components that determine our level of speaking [...]

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Stuttering’s Hidden Side – the psychological symptoms of stuttering


In my last post, I spoke about the two main general approaches that make up speech therapy for stuttering/stammering. Those approaches, being the fluency shaping method and the stuttering modification method, also known as “stutter more fluently”. I concluded by mentioning the fact that, irrespective of which form of speaking modification method is used to [...]

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Speech Therapy For Stuttering – is it for everyone? (Adults Part 2)


In my last post, I spoke about my belief that speech therapy for stuttering or stammering is not always a necessary stuttering treatment approach for all people who wish to remove a stuttering problem from their life, especially those who have what would best be described as a mild to moderate form of stuttering problem, [...]

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Speech Therapy For Stuttering – is it for everyone? (Adults Part 1)


As you are aware, there are many different forms of speech dysfluency that we seek speech therapy for stuttering/stuttering therapy, and in my last post I attempted to come up with a simple, “rough and ready” way to differentiate between them that I called the Stuttering Jack Scale. The reason that we need to differentiate between [...]

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Are you a “1,5 Stutterer?” – understanding the Stuttering Jack Scale


In my last post, I pointed out that when we talk amongst ourselves about stuttering problems, it is too easy to say, “I stutter”, or, “I stammer”,or, “he is a person who stutters or stammers”, and we expect that the other person knows exactly what you are talking about regarding stuttering severity, but I asked the [...]

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What do you mean he stutters? – understanding degree


On any website about stuttering, stammering, studdering and stuttering severity, you will be sure to see a very nice academic definition of stuttering where terms like “repetitions”, “prolongations”, “cessations of sound” etc are used, but to truly have an understanding of what a person who stutters is really talking about when they say, “he stutters”, or, [...]

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