REASONS FOR DOING SPEECH THERAPY TO OVERCOME STAMMERING

I received many such a following
questions from the members and seek my opinion.

1. I
am talking well with my parents and friends, but stammering with strangers. How
to talk well with strangers? 

2. I
am having lack of confidence in facing interviews, thus stammering and get
rejected. How to face interviews? 

3.
It’s very difficult to give seminar and presentation. What is the way out? 

4.
It’s difficult to pronounce words beginning with vowels for some pws; for some
pws some other letters. Are there any tips? 

5. I am stammering
less in mother tongue, and more in English. What can I do? 

6. How
to use Prolongation and bouncing techniques in the real speaking situations?

7. I
am low at my confidence? How can I gain more confidence? 

I can
give the following suggestions:

1.
While talking to the strangers, take a deep breath and start speaking; use your
head movements and start speaking. Then, you will speak well. 

2.
While attending interview, you think “This job is not worth for my
qualifications. Even they offer, I won’t accept this offer. I will get better
offer later on. It’s just like ‘practicing’ interviews for future attending
interviews, etc… etc…”  Then, you can speak well in the
interviews. 

3.
While speaking in seminars and while giving presentation, you think that
“you are the only intelligent person present there and all  others were
stupid. ” Then, you can speak well. 

4. To
pronounce difficult words, you very well know that you are going to stammer on
the particular word, and hence simply use bouncing technique. 

5. To
speak with less stammering in English, improve your vocabulary so that you can
easily substitute with another easy word. 

6. You
can practice Prolongation and bouncing techniques at home, and then apply in
the real speaking situations. 

7. To
increase your confidence level use Prolongation and bouncing techniques in the
real speaking situations without any shame and fear, join in toast master club,
stutter voluntarily as much as possible and read as many books on
self-development and positive attitude books. You will become more confident
personality. 

But,
alas none of the above suggestions could be implemented practically by most of
the pws and get the desired result ie speaking without stammering. 

By
following the above suggestions, you might have accepted your stammering whole
heartily, you could have got rid of fear and shame; you could have gained
more confidence but what about your fluency in your speech. 

I request
the readers to keep it in mind that, while reading my following opinions it is
generally applicable to majority of pws. Though one or two pws here & there
might have improved their speech by following the above suggestions (even those
pws might be mild stammerers and not severe ones). But the opinions given below
will be applicable to majority of pws. 

I
applied all the above techniques except attending interview, where luckily I
got a government job without facing interview . 

Yes, I
had given one speech at Chennai Toast Masters club for about 10 minutes using
maximum body language with only 2 or 3 blocks. Everyone appreciated and at that
time, I felt that I was standing on top of the world. But in the very next day,
back to square one ie stammered as usual. 

I
applied voluntary stammering, Prolongation and bouncing techniques frequently.
Though I got rid of my maximum fear and shame, but my fluency level increased a
little bit only. 

I have
read lots of self -development and positive attitude books. While reading, I
was able to get some more confidence . But after completing it, the same story
continued. Yes, back to usual stammering. 

Then,
what is the reason for stammering and ways to come out of it. Then I started believing there is some
other problem in our body system, which preventing us speaking normally.

This
may be due to minor neurological problem by default with all pws, which is not
coordinating correctly between our brain and speech mechanism. 

For
the fear of stammering speech, pws speaks little only and not using their
speech mechanism to the fullest extent.  Because of less usage of speech
mechanism over the years, the speech mechanism get “RUSTED”, that’s
all the speech mechanism muscles become tough. Only if we use the speech
mechanism to the full extent, like opening of our month fully, articulation of
tongue and jaw muscles, give more stress to each syllable of a word so that we
can  pronounce each word, which in turn a
whole sentence clearly. 

As we
know, sound is formed while exhaling air through mouth while speaking using
speech mechanism. Some pws were telling that they could not pronounce certain
words without stammering like words starting with vowels etc…  Even
normal persons finding it difficult to pronounce correctly certain words due to
certain minor problem in their speech mechanism by default. 

As
words are combination of sounds only, if we use our speech mechanism properly,
we can speak any words, any languages fluently. 

Because
of the above reasons “Acceptance” of stammering is also not helping
us in improving a pws speech fluency. Before a few months back, I was also
of the opinion that acceptance alone was sufficient to overcome stammering. But
it was not correct. 

In the
present competitive world, a pws need fluency to get better job and to get good
spouse . May be those who are living in small towns and villages, mere
acceptance is sufficient for their living. But, not for those who are living in
big cities. 

Suppose,
a pws says in an interview ” Sir, I am very intelligent but stammering
only. But, I accepted my stammering whole heartily and there is no shame and
fear with me. It you give me an opportunity, I will discharge my duties to the
best of my abilities even with my stammering”. Will the employer gave the
job to the pws? . Certainly not, unless the pws was outstanding in his profession. 

Before
coming to overcome our stammering problem, first we have to understand
what  wrongs  pws were doing while
stammering? They were always in a hurry to speak or reply immediately (due to
that minor neurological defect) with short of breath. How we have to do to
correct it? The only solution is practicing speech therapy. Because speech therapy is 100%
PHYSICALl exercise which requires sustained PHYSICAL hard work only. All other techniques
relates to mind control / or mind alteration which are easier said than done.
To my opinion, controlling of mind by 90% pws is highly impossible.

Then,
how come the speech therapy alone address the above issues? 
This
speech therapy consists of the following activities. 

1.
Breathing exercise to expand lungs capacity.

2. Exercising
speech mechanism to the maximum extent. 

3. By
giving more stress to each syllable, maximum tongue articulation also used. 

4. By
head movements, the pws will get relaxed and feel fully charged after the
practicing session.

This
speech therapy has to be practiced one hour daily for a minimum period of one
year. This therapy is like charging battery daily. If you charge battery daily,
it will work. Similarly, if you practice speech therapy daily, you will speak
well. One hour is a must because, after 20 minutes practice only, the actual
rhythm and mood of practice will come. 

The
progress can be ascertained in the following ways:

1. 1st
15 days, some pws may stammer more. Because the mind would not allow us easily
from our normal mode of speech to a another different mode of speech.

2. The
improvement can be noticed after 2 months only. 

3. From
2 to 4 months, you can speak fairly well upto 12 noon. With mild stammering
from 12noon to 4pm. Afterwards as usual stammering speech. 

4. From
4 to 6 months, the  corresponding timings extended  up to 2pm, 5pm and after 7pm respectively.

5. From
6 to 9 months, up to 4pm, 7pm and after 9pm.

6. From
10 to 12 months,  up to 7pm, 10pm and after 10pm.
7.
After one year 24X7 stammering free speech.

I have
started my  practice from 1st
January,2014. Now, I have almost overcome 98% of my stammering (with daily
practicing only). I proposed to practice till the end of thisn year. Now ,I am
also pausing while speaking without my knowledge. Before practicing my feared
words were those starting with the sound thi like three,  Tirupathi etc.

 Now, I can able to say these words comfortably. For the last 10 days, I can
also able to tell my name calmly, slowly and authoritatively with any anybody
without stammering. These are all the results of speech therapy. 

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  1. Anonymous 5 years ago

    your writeup is very good.your are the role model for all pws.thank you sir for giving this wonderful explanation.

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