I was a stutterer since childhood and stuttering runs in my family. I am now 36. I first attended HCRI in 2003 and most recently in January of 2009. I give HCRI stuttering therapy 5 stars!
HCRI stuttering therapy is absolutely terrific and I'd recommend it to any stutterer who is serious about becoming fluent! Although there is no cure for stuttering, HCRI provided me with skills that enable me to speak fluently, even in the most difficult of situations. HCRI graduates refer to these skills as 'targets.' The therapy is intensive, but the results are real and the benefits are priceless! Upon returning home, daily practice and use of the targets in everyday situations is critical for long-term success. This enables the new fluency skills to become habitualized, so I don't have to think about them so much.
I was not successful long-term after my participation in 2003 because I didn't take the therapy seriously. I failed to practice regularly and I gave up without reaching out to HCRI for help. After making fluency my new years resolution for 2009, I repeated the program. I've since given my targets the attention needed in my day-to-day life and I have a greater level of fluency than I've ever had. I realize that my success depends on me and I take full advantage of the post therapy resources HCRI provides. I even created a nationwide HCRI support group that enables fellow graduates to practice on the phone with one another.
I found HCRI stuttering therapy uniquely beneficial in many ways. For instance, the program does not focus on the emotional aspect of stuttering like traditional speech therapy does. The HCRI clinicians completely support my desire to overcome stuttering, not just deal with it. The program is focused on helping clients achieve and maintain fluency. The mere fact of knowing I have the skills to speak fluently and actually doing so naturally builds my confidence and smashes through the emotional barriers stuttering has caused throughout my life. I also benefited from the transfer of my newly acquired targets outside of the clinical environment during the final days of therapy. This is what enabled me to successfully speak fluently in a variety of real life situations following HCRI speech therapy. I also find post therapy support, including a variety of practice tools, refreshers and reunions equally beneficial.
Overall, I am extremely grateful for how HCRI has changed my life! I can profoundly say that HCRI stuttering treatment is definitely effective! The skills I've learned at HCRI have given me the ability to do simple things most individuals take for granted, such as saying my name, answering a telephone and ordering a meal at a restaurant. HCRI has also given me the confidence to do things I'd have never considered doing prior to therapy, such as accepting leadership positions at work and giving a Toastmasters speech in front of over 100 people.
Once you attend HCRI, you're family. I look forward to attending the HCRI Reunion every July. And it's refreshing to know that if I'm having difficulty with my speech, clinicians are only a phone call away, free of charge!
Additionally, HCRI provides scholarships, thanks to its dedicated financial donors who realize the difference HCRI stuttering therapy makes. Its office administrators also work diligently with clients to help them acquire insurance reimbursement.
Ultimately, HCRI stuttering therapy offers the complete package: Effective treatment with lasting results in the real world with exceptional support before, during and after therapy!
Shannon Armes from Wilsons, VA