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Self therapy for stuttering

Many adults who stutter say that they have attended therapy sessions several times during their lifetime with no results. This doesn't mean that they can't be helped. It could be that they went to a school speech therapist who was not trained in helping those who stutter. It could be that they did not think they could be helped and therefore did not practice the techniques they were taught and really give it all they could. For whatever reason therapy didn't help in the past is no reason to not give it a try again. If a speech therapist who is trained in working with stuttering is not affordable or not close by, get the book "Self Therapy for the Stutterer" and work diligently through the steps on your own.

"There is a rich tradition of self-therapy for stuttering. That such therapy can be effective is shown by the success of many people using their own techniques to improve their fluency. In a very real sense, the PWS is never really helped in therapy without healing him/herself. Some self-therapy approaches, disciplined and enriched by study, research, and many years of clinical practice, have become successful in treating other stutterers. This is the case with Charles Van Riper's therapy and others.
Another useful approach is that taken in the book Self Therapy for the Stutterer, published by the Stuttering Foundation of America. This book provides contributions from therapists who give general and specific guidance for PWS who want usable near-term techniques to help increase their fluency or who are happy enough to live with managed stuttering." Darrell M. Dodge

Valerie Brun obtained both "Self Therapy for the Stutterer" and "Advice to Those Who Stutter" and made these comments: "What I liked about these two books is how down-to-earth they are. They make no secret of the fact that there are no short cuts, no easy remedies, it is down to very hard work mostly carried out by oneself. We need the guidance and directions as to how to do it but no-one can do the work for us. I worked very hard, especially at reading aloud, listening to myself on tape (urgh!) and reading again. I did not try to tackle everything at once; I worked on the easier goals first and then on to the more difficult ones, but at the same time trying to remember four basics. Not too fast, remember to pause, soft contacts, remember to breathe regularly. (Just think, most people just talk without thinking about how they do it!)."

Both books are published by The Stuttering Foundation of America and are good for the adult or teen to work through either on their own or with a therapist.

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