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Stuttering Therapy

Judy Sullivan, Specialist in Stuttering Therapy
Emotions of Stuttering

The frustration a person feels that has a stuttering problem can sometimes go unnoticed by people around them. Even the people they are intimate with don’t realize the depth of their discomfort.  People who stutter go to great lengths to hide their stuttering and their emotions surrounding it.  When their stuttering cannot be hidden, they feel embarrassed, humiliated and distressed.  People who stutter can sometimes avoid words, avoid people and situations.  They may pick a career that does not involve speaking.  They often withhold speech saying only 50% of what they would like to say and therefore they feel upset at their inability to communicate effectively.
A recent client of ours stated the following about her stuttering:
“It affects my life in every way because I can’t talk to people when I want.  I get really depressed and embarrassed because I can’t speak my mind.  I’ve heard comments about the way I talk.  People tease me and I want to crawl into a hole and die.  This happens to me every day; it is not once in awhile.  Stuttering is basically taking over my life.  I shouldn’t feel like this.  I should be enjoying my life not worrying about the way I sound 24/7.  When I can’t talk I really feel emotionally depressed and I cry almost every day because I know others are looking at me funny.”

Another client who just completed several weeks of therapy stated:

“Before I started therapy with Judy my mess ups were really bad.  I tried to cover up my mistakes by avoiding words and I didn’t say what I wanted. I seldom spoke in class or in a group. I was very good at covering up my stuttering.  No one knew how I felt inside.   I used to stop and start over, say um, and avoid looking at people in the eyes and often just stop talking. I felt very embarrassed and ashamed.  I didn’t say anything to anyone about my feelings.
Now I am talking a lot more.  I talked at a dinner party with 20 people at a table.  I didn’t have any difficulty telling my story and I felt so happy. The things that helped me were:

• Talking on the machine for five days ( delayed auditory feedback machine)
• Working off the machine talking at a slow rate, breathing and speaking continuously
• Using slow speech for 2 hours each day with my family
• Talking as much as possible at a 2 millisecond delay time which sounds normal
• My self-confidence as a speaker increased because I experienced success immediately
• Working with Judy because she is  supportive, calm,  caring and did not judge me
• Talking about the four factors that increase the likelihood I would stutter:
Stress, strong emotions, being tired, being hungry
• Learning about the basic essentials of fluent speech:
Proper breath support, relaxation, slow speech and continuous phonation
I have been given the freedom to speak my mind and thoughts completely without fear of stuttering or getting stuck. I have achieved my goals already in just a few weeks and I know I will continue to improve as I practice. I am so thankful that I can just talk now and not have difficulty talking. I feel a lot happier now. It has been a very good summer”

This client was able to explain clearly why stuttering therapy is important and what techniques helped him achieve his goals of fluent speech.  These techniques are universal and apply to all clients who stutter.

Why Stuttering Happens
The causes of stuttering are still largely unknown.  We do know it is inherited and is usually passed on through the male gene.  Stuttering around age two to three is normal but if it is severe the child should be seen by a speech therapist. Early intervention is a key to moving into a fluent speech pattern.  The younger the child is seen the higher the success rate of therapy.  All ages, adults and children, can improve and move into a fluent speaking pattern if the right techniques are used and the client practices those techniques.

Call our office for a free consultation with a trained and experienced speech therapist who has had years of success dealing with problem of stuttering.  We look forward to working with you. You do not need to struggle. You can live a more fulfilled and comfortable life.


Judy Sullivan
Speech Therapy


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