A Helpful Therapy Procedure

Because I am not an expert hence all DIY procedures that I’ll suggest will be “helpful therapy procedures” and will hope that they indeed are helpful. Let’s start doing our DIY project!

It involves talking in a very slow, smooth prolonged manner. In speaking slowly, it is suggested that you should take as long as a second or more to slide through the beginning or starting sound of all words or syllables.

At first, you may not like the way it sounds or feels, but remember that making a change almost always feels uncomfortable. Therefore, don’t talk this way all the time at first. Give yourself time to become accustomed to this new manner of speaking

Specifics

As you are aware, words are made up of sounds. In this procedure, you are asked to start the sounds of your words at an extremely slow, easy, smooth rate by gently and easily sliding extremely slowly through the first sound. This could mean taking as long as a second or more to slide through the beginning sounds that start your words. This is called “easy onset.”

Then stretch out and prolong all sounds as you voice them using continuous phonation. That means stretching out and prolonging practically every consonant and vowel sound, and sliding through and slowing the transition from one sound to the next sound.

To do this, start your vocal cords vibrating in a low, steady, very slow way as you begin to make the sounds of your words in this easy onset manner with light pressure in your tongue and lips, also known as “light contacts.” You can tell if your vocal cords are vibrating by putting your hand on your throat where you should feel the vibrations. This extremely slow, drawn-out manner of starting and prolonging all sounds will result in your having continuity of sound and airflow with no break in your voicing and no repetitions. To repeat, stretch out and prolong all your voicing of sounds, particularly the starting sounds. And prolong all transitions between all sounds (consonant and vowel) with light, easy contacts on the consonants. It is easy to stretch out and prolong vowel sounds, but you will need to practice stretching many of the consonant sounds.

Spend time when alone practicing how to increase the duration of consonant sounds as some of them such as t, d, p, b, etc. are “plosive” or “stopping sounds” but need to be spoken easily and slowly with light or loose contacts of the tongue and mouth

This smooth, slow, easy onset, drawn-out manner of talking should be used on non-feared words as well as feared words. In short, it should be done all the time you talk until you get the knack of it. Bind the sounds of your words together, hitch the beginning of one word to the tail of the preceding one.

To repeat, it is recommended that you use this smooth, prolonged way of talking when speaking to others after you have spent considerable time practicing it when alone. After using this manner of talking for some time, one may slowly and gradually increase the rate at which the words are started and spoken, unless trouble occurs. In this case, you should go back to the slower rate at which you had no difficulty

Schedule practice sessions to coincide with routine daily activities such as meal times, lunch breaks, or going to and from work or school. Unscheduled practice generally leads to little or no practice.

We will practice 12 rules, which will be described and provided to you one by one as we progress. in They will explain how to manage your stuttering by putting into effect certain basic remedial practices.

They outline how you can manage your difficulty by taking advantage of 2 approaches.

1st, through modifying your feelings and attitudes about your stuttering by decreasing your speech fears and avoidance behaviours.

2nd through modifying the irregular behaviours associated with your stuttering by using certain techniques which will change the form of your stuttering so you can speak without abnormality.

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