Friday, May 27, 2011

Rewarding Habits for a Person With Stammer/Stutter

As from "self-therapy for the stutterer" by Malcolm Fraser, published by The Stuttering Foundation of America.
(Fluency   Shaping   Strategy)
(1) Make a habit of always talking slowly and deliberately whether you stutter or not.

(2) When you start to talk, do it easily, gently and smoothly without forcing and prolong the first sounds of words you fear.

(3) Stutter openly and do not try to hide the fact that you are a stutterer.

(4) Identify and eliminate any unusual gestures, facial contortions, or body movements which possibly you may exhibit when stuttering or trying to avoid difficulty.

(5) Do your best to stop all avoidance, postponement or substitution habits.

(6) Maintain eye contact with the person to whom you talk.

(7) Analyze and identify what your speech muscles are doing improperly when you stutter.

(8) Take advantage of block correction procedures designed to modify or eliminate your abnormal speech muscle stuttering behavior
    (a)Post-Block Correction(CANCELLATION)
    After you stutter on a word, you are to pause momentarily to allow time for you to think back and figure out what you did which caused the stutter and plan how to correct it.
    (b)In-Block Correction(PULL-OUT)
    When you find yourself in the middle of a block, don’t pause and don’t stop and try again. Instead, continue the stuttering, slowing it down and letting the block run its course, deliberately making a smooth prolongation of what you are doing
    (c)Pre-Block Correction
    When you anticipate stuttering on a word or sound, you are to pause just before saying the word in order to plan how you will attack it. And you do not proceed to speak the word until you have thought about how you usually stutter on the sound and figure out what needs to be done to correct or modify the errors you usually make when stuttering on that sound.

And ending it with a Poem mentioned in the book

K-k-k-katie, beautiful katie
You’re the only g-g-g-girl that I adore
And when the m-moon shines
Over the cowshed
I’ll be waiting by the k-k-k-kitchen door.

Additional Therapy ideas From tisa self-help Manual
(Stuttering   Modification   Strategy)

Stammer as a four year old child does. No fear, no struggle and with total acceptance.That effortless stammering is less tiring to us and less distracting to the listener as well. Lastly, it is a nice way of self exposure- Telling people that we stammer and getting used to their reactions.
eg: M..My Shorn.
After some months’ practice, you should be able to say a word with just one small relaxed unnoticeable bounce.

(2)Voluntary stuttering
Voluntary stuttering involves- not bouncing- but actually reproducing your natural normal stutter at will.Now you have to study your stammer - which you have already done, and reproduce it in all its detail and perfection. Dont exaggerate it,dont make it humorous or funny. Just mimic it.
But why are we doing it? To get rid of the deep seated fear and shame and also to become conscious of all the things which we do.


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