April 26, 2021 at 7:43 am #29432XiaogangzhangParticipant
I would like to ask you how do you overcome stuttering on a specific sound. For example, I always get stuck on the word started with b, p, d and l, such as boss, people, dog and like. Do you guys have tools to overcome it？ ThanksApril 26, 2021 at 10:34 am #29446GáborParticipant
Hi, I think crutch #4 (insert alternate words/sounds and jam into feared word) is a great tool for words like this.
Or simply skip the first syllable (crutch #1) or choose a different word (crutch #2). Or you can whisper the feared word first, then repeat it immediately in a normal voice tone.May 11, 2021 at 8:23 am #29796Leah AreffModerator
Great advice Gabor. Also, Xiaogangzhang, please remember that fearing certain words and letters is something you have taught yourself to believe. It is simply not true, because if it was the word/letter/syllable you stuttered on, then you would stutter on them ALL the time.
Because there are definitely times when you do NOT stutter on these specific sounds or words, this proves that it is not the sound or word that is the issue, but rather that you choose to stutter on them.
You just need to use the crutches as you normally would and this should solve the problem. There is nothing special or different you need to do.
Does this answer your questions?June 13, 2021 at 11:06 am #30039XiaogangzhangParticipant
Hi, all, thank you for these valuable suggestions. I agree with you. The fear of specific words or sounds is due to bad memory. I will try to use the crutches. My other question is if I do not plan words, I merely stuck on the difficult sounds. Do you guys have a strategy to do not plan workds? Thank you so much.June 14, 2021 at 8:57 am #30046JavierModerator
Hello again Xiaogangzhang! Speaking without thinking words (Crutch 13) requires a lot of practice, as we have developped a habit of planning our words beforehand for so many years….
The idea is to focus only on the main idea of our message, on being passionate, on the Crutches, and on anything except words. For example, in my coaching sessions I am not thinking the words I am saying. I only have these things on my mind, and I talk based on those:
1) Help the PWS/PWSS the best way I can.
2) Talk as clearly as I can, and be expressive.
3) If I’m explaning a Crutch or series of Crutches, make sure I use them when I talk.
So, as soon as you have an urge to say something, simply say it! Don’t give time to your brain to plan your words. But I am not asking you to speak quickly. I am saying that you have to speak immediately. Once you start, you can speak slowly, using the Crutches. So, you will be focusing on the Crutches, and not on words. I hope I explained myself clearly…
As I said before, to get here it takes a lot of practice.
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