You probably already know that most people who stutter have no problem when they are singing. Here is a video from American Idol of a recent example of a very courageous young man that shows that Lazaro Arbos Doesn’t Stutter when he sings.
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How can this happen? How can singing eliminate stuttering without any effort or therapy?
Here’s what I think…
Stuttering blocks, repetitions, and prolongations develop over time as a way to try to get the words out any way you can. It’s basically “survival speech” and it doesn’t work. Important parts of talking like grouping words into phrases are not even considered. When I was stuttering, my experience was that I just wanted to get the words out any way I could.
Now singing is about as different from talking as you can get. It does involve melody, musical phrases and there is no rush to get the song out. So the result is – no stuttering – without even trying.
When we replace the “survival speech” of stuttering with smooth organized singing the stuttering goes away.
We do almost this same thing now in the Stutter-Free Speech Program at the Power Stuttering Center. We replace stuttering with a different way of talking – actually normal speech. Clients learn to plan phrases, keep the voice on during the phrase and control the rate and rhythm of our talking – much like singing – but it sounds like natural, normal speaking.
Stuttering is eliminated when we replace stuttering with a new way of talking – . This explains why Arbos doesn’t stutter when he sings.
Our Intensive Therapy Program teaches this in the first week. and then helps you use these skills in all of your speaking situations outside the clinic.
Most of the program is described in detail in other parts of this website. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.