I am here today in this podcast to tell you why you should not listen to your speech therapist. You might be skeptical about who I am and why should you listen to me, but if you hear what I have to say you might understand my point of view.
I want to acknowledge the fact that more often then not speech therapists have your best interests at their heart. They are fantastic at what they do, and throughout history, they’ve helped millions of people. The tremendous value they bring benefits to a vast number of people with stutter or stammer.
Throughout the podcast, there are three key points I addressed and how they apply in reality.
The first point I talk about is a technique you probably learned from your speech therapist. It is about changing the rhythm of your speech patterns to resemble singing. That kind of strategy is being taught to and applied by clients of speech therapists.
If you are like a significant majority of stutterers or stammerers, odds are that you can sing without stuttering or stammering. So the strategy is to speak almost as you are singing. This kind of strategy reflects positively in overcoming stuttering. By changing the frequency and the tone of your speech pattern helps you overcome your stutter.
However, If you can speak fluently in private, in front of a mirror, when no one else is around, it is evident to me that you can speak without stuttering, and not needing to speak in a rhythm.
You should focus on rewiring your brain to speak in public as you do in private. Speech therapists teach you how to effectively rewire your brain to create a new habit of speaking in a rhythm. In my opinion, that does not make much sense because you are putting in the effort to learn how to speak in a rhythm, whereas you may as well put in the same amount of effort to rewire your brain to create a new habit to speak naturally.
The second point and another strategy to reduce and stop stuttering taught by speech therapists is avoiding trigger words, sounds, syllables, and consonants. You are taught to avoid certain words or sounds that cause you to stutter.
To start applying this method, you have to identify the words, sounds, vowels, and consonants that are difficult for you to say. It requires to retrain your brain and rewire the way you speak and think, so you avoid those words. The technique is similar to speaking with a rhythm only this time you are rewiring your brain and retraining yourself to avoid those words.
I firmly believe that it is not a viable option to spend the rest of your life avoiding these trigger words/sounds/syllables.
If you’re going to spend the time and effort required to rewire your brain and retrain yourself to learn how to avoid those triggers, you may as well put that effort and time into learning how to speak fluently, confidently, and courageously…naturally.
The third key point I talk about is about supporting medical devices or speech monitors. Speech monitors are usually attached to your outer ear, and they regulate sound frequencies with delayed feedback to help a person speak fluently. They change the way you hear sounds and most importantly, how you hear yourself. They are instrumental in helping people stop stuttering.
But my question to you is; do you really want to spend your entire life having something attached to your ear so you can speak fluently?
Although these strategies and devices taught by therapists do work, they have their flaws. There is an abundance of alternative things you can learn, understand, and do about your stutter that will allow you to transfer how you speak in private to how you speak in public.
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I genuinely believe that anyone can become a fluent speaker if they put their mind and consistent effort to form a new habit.