DIY Rule Number 01

Make a habit of always talking slowly and deliberately whether you stutter or not.

It is easier to control a slow turtle than a fast rabbit, so slow down

The first rule calls for you to build a habit of talking slowly and deliberately, whether or not you stutter. This is recommended for a couple of reasons. First, it induces a manner of talking which is generally respected and admired, and secondly, it will result in a more varied, relaxed manner of speaking which is more responsive to therapy controlled procedures.

But it is mainly recommended because it will result in a more varied and relaxed manner of speaking which is more responsive to therapy procedures. To help reduce time pressure, it is also suggested that when you talk, you should often pause momentarily between phrases (or sentences). This will help lessen time pressure reactions.

It may also feel unnatural at first, but if you can adjust to this manner of talking, it will be beneficial. Most importantly, you will be under much less time pressure.

Action points:

  1. It will help if you can spend at least five to ten minutes a day practicing when you are alone. You might read to yourself at a gradual slow rate in line with what you should use in conversation with others. Then possibly think of some subject about which you are informed and talk to yourself slowly and deliberately. When you are with others, always try to resist feelings of time pressure. At the moment you are expected to speak, you may sometimes have an almost panicky feeling of haste and urgency.2,3 You think that you are under “time pressure” with no time to lose, and you have a compulsive feeling that. you must speak quickly without taking the time for deliberate and relaxed expression. Do your best to resist this time pressure feeling. (Practice onset, always)

                                       Try stuttering slowly. Keep stuttering, but do it in slow motion. – Guitar

I think it is apt to say, you fear silence when embarrassed. It is suggested that when talking, you should experiment with occasionally pausing. When speaking a sentence, pause momentarily (very briefly) between words and between phrases. There is no hurry—probably you are not taking as much time as you think—take your time(tell me exactly this when I go for my next mock! Hehe). Unless there is a fire, people will wait to hear what you have to say. Let them wait. Pause! Take your time.


  1. I know you haven’t started recording yourself. This is an opportune time to make a recording of the way you talk, particularly if you have not yet started speaking according to the recommendations of this first rule. Making a recording of the way you usually stutter will supply important information to be used in this program. Then later, take the time to listen to the recordings. Did you talk slowly and deliberately and thus set an example of the rate at which you should speak? Later you will use these recordings to study your speech.


 A basic feature of stuttering behaviour is that the stutterer is under time pressure to a great extent. The stutterer has to learn how to permit pauses in his speech, to risk the fear of silence, to give himself time to catch his breath to resist the time pressure.                                                           Sheehan

As a speech pathologist working with adult stutterers, I have found that the most important factors that determine progress are :

(1) that the stutterer have a goal that requires better speech]

(2) that he form the habit of working consistently and steadily to accomplish his purpose. —Gregory

When you become aware that the struggling behavior you call stuttering is something you are doing as you talk and not something that magically “happens to you,” you are in a very good position to begin to change what you are doing as you talk so you can talk more easily.                      —D. Williams


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