Thursday, January 15, 2009

Is it just laziness?

I have read many blogs, articles and websites that offer different therapies for stutterers/stammerers, but if you're like me, you really can't be bothered with any of them. It's not that I don't think they won't work, I just don't believe that the results will justify the work involved. In fact, I get tired just thinking about all of the work that will likely go in to a program whose results will be hard to measure or even detect. Am I just being cynical? Perhaps. Am I merely lazy? Probably a little.

I was in speech therapy for many years as a child and the results were frustrating. Many would argue that the therapies provided in the late 70's to mid 80's might have been unsuccessful, largely because of the outdated methods (talking with a metronome, etc), but I've read some articles recently and the methods don't seem all that updated, cutting edge or innovative. One recent therapist outlined a method of "canceling" wherein the stutterer is to cancel out secondary characteristics of a block that he or she just had...and then speak the word again. For example, if you squint your eyes during a block when attempting to speak the word "stutter" should then not squint your eyes and then attempt the word again.

Since I have no idea of the success or failure rate of this method, and since implementing this method into my daily work life would be grossly impractical, I can't really see the value of it. However, maybe it would be useful to others.

If you have methods or therapies that have proven to be successful in your life, I'd love to hear about them.


Blanka Koffer said...

hi stanley,

well, you ve mentioned it yourself: cancelling - a crucial element in van riper s therapy. i d say, methods did improve a lot since the 70ies, at least in western countries. take a look at therapy being offered in the Czech Republic, for instance, you d cry.

so, i m into charles van riper: non avoidance and a speech technique that s convenient for you, regular work like doing sports or learning the piano.

i ve seen so many people who had a bad stammer improving it with a program, be it self help or therapy, that was based on these 3 principles.

The Jeny said...

Nice blogg. As a stutter, I believe that the only way forward is positive thinking!!!I agree with you. Many of these therapies are just stressing. Life has to be simple. Not too much hard work with little