This article describes the stutter speech course I run in
Birmingham, England. The course helps people who stutter to
overcome their stutter.
The first two days of the course are where I describe the
techniques which I used to overcome my own stutter.
The first day is the most important day. This is the clients
easy day, as I do most of the talking, explaining in detail
around half of the speech rules required to beat the stutter. I
ask the client to talk about their history, including
information about how their stutter started, about their family
and about their interests, plus any other information they would
like to disclose, for example, where they work. The client will
have at least one further speech task on this first day, which
they will be asked to complete after they have heard the first
set of rules.
On the second day the client becomes more involved, starting to
put into practice what they have learnt from the previous day.
The final speech rules are taught on this day.
The final three days are spent practising, enabling the rules to
start becoming embedded and a natural part of the client's
Some of the areas included in the course are:
1.Why people stutter. 2.Telephone technique. 3.Interview
technique. 4.Public speaking technique. 5.The speech rules:
There are numerous speech rules covering all aspects of speech,
I will briefly explain what three of them cover:
a) When I had a stutter, I found it difficult to pronounce words
beginning with certain letters such as b,d,g,k, and v etc. I
would always be substituting words, for example, "Birmingham" to
"West Midlands". These letters plus others are known as the
"hard sounding" letters of the alphabet. I found the "soft
sounding" letters (vowels plus the letter h) normally OK to say.
Therefore I was trying to find a technique which would enable me
to make hard sounds soft, I eventually found the answer and one
of the speech rules covers this.
b)I hated "blocking" when I had a stutter. One of the speech
rules, when applied makes it impossible for the person who has a
stutter to block.
c)For most stutterer's their speech is at its most vulnerable
when they are under pressure. I therefore have a speech rule
dealing with this issue.
6.How to become fluent using the speech rules.
7.Understanding the psychological aspects of speech.
There is nothing in the course for the client to fear or worry
about. If there is an area of the course that they would rather
not cover or do they simply do not do it.
Each course is unique, as every stutterer is different; this is
why courses are run on a one-to-one basis.