September 16, 2020 at 1:36 am #27728Adam WerthParticipant
We can read aloud for hours on end and be so very fluent……
But lets admit it—is that the same as having a conversation with someone??? Noper!
How does reading aloud alone privately prepare us for having a real conversation……????
I’m not bashing any method here!!!
Reading aloud alone simply does not evolve into real conversation…..
If everything we read was our conversation with someone…..reading aloud WOULD work!!September 20, 2020 at 10:30 pm #27762
Just a quick idea: use a picture of a person you find intimidating and look at it, while you’re reading aloud.September 24, 2020 at 7:38 am #27792
“If everything we read was our conversation with someone…..reading aloud WOULD work!!”
Lee also wrote in his book and told in his course, that, besides reading aloud alone, talk to yourself aloud (in front of a mirror, too), then talk to pet animals and/or small children whenever you can. Reading aloud helps you to hear fluency and learn the crutches & make them automatic.September 24, 2020 at 1:46 pm #27793Adam WerthParticipant
thanks for your tip Gabor!September 28, 2020 at 7:44 am #27812JavierModerator
I used to read aloud and do my auto-suggestions sitting infront of a mirror. It more or less gave me the feeling of speaking to somebody, FLUENTLY.September 30, 2020 at 8:56 am #27818Leah AreffModerator
Adam, I think you are missing the bigger picture here. The point of reading aloud is to hear fluency, thereby creating new fluency memories that wash out the stuttering memories. In Lee’s book, he speaks about the MMIB.
We need to replace all the negative stuttering memories with fluency memories, and how better to do it than when reading aloud alone, under no pressure, with nobody listening or grading you. It is the perfect place to practice fluency as you are calm and you can go at your own pace.
Many PWS can read aloud alone without stuttering, with a very few exceptions (and even they can read aloud alone if they whisper). Eventually, your brain would have heard so much fluency from reading aloud, that it will forget to stutter. This will then lead to fluent conversations with people, as your brain has now formed the habit of fluency.
Hope this helps!November 30, 2020 at 12:11 pm #28319
Actually, I’ll make some presentations for myself and using them to practice spontaneous speaking (in front of a mirror). Reading aloud became very easy, but talking to others is still stressful sometimes.
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