Fluency shaping therapy—slow speech with stretched vowels—is the foundation of stuttering therapy. But speech therapy fails for many people because they only do therapy in the speech clinic. You must use fluency shaping outside of the speech clinic:
- in stressful conversations;
- openly and without hiding stuttering;
- without errors or stuttering;
- and talk a lot!
Our devices support fluency shaping therapy in speech clinics, on telephone calls, and in face-to-face conversations. Over time, your fluency improves and you need the device less and less (carryover fluency). There’s no need to wear a device all day or for the rest of your life.
Stressful conversations. Stuttering is a dopaminergic disorder, in the family with Tourette’s Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Dopaminergic disorders manifest under stress. Speech therapy in a relaxed, quiet speech clinic does not carry over to stressful conversations outside of the speech clinic. Practicing alone at home does not carry over to stressful conversations. Two of our devices plug into telephones, making it easy to do speech therapy on phone calls.
Openly and without hiding stuttering. Don’t try to wear your device inconspicuously. Use the headset in stressful speaking situations. Tell the listener that you stutter and show them your anti-stuttering device. Many listeners will ask you questions about stuttering. After that the conversation is no longer stressful. Take the headset off when you’re relaxed and work on staying fluent.
Speech without errors or stuttering. Our devices make slow, 100% fluent speech easy and relaxing. You’ll sound calm and confident. The devices are adjustable from 10x slow to fluent speech (two seconds to 0.2 seconds per syllable). Adjust the device to faster speaking rates as your speech improves.
Talk a lot! Tell strangers that your speech therapist wants you to introduce yourself to more people. (I met one of my girlfriends with this line.) Join a stuttering support group. Join Toastmasters. Call your friends and relatives to chat. Ask for a customer-facing role on your job.