Here is the reason that I’m asking this question: Do You REALLY Want To Stop Stuttering?
I saw the responses to a question on a popular Facebook group about stuttering. The question was, “If they invented a pill that would take away your stuttering completely, would you take it? When the results were counted, 70% of the group replied that they would not take the pill. Some of the responses were:
“stuttering has made them a more sensitive person”
“It is part of who I am and I don’t want to change it”
“stuttering is OK and it’s up to everyone else to deal with it”
Although I don’t agree with these responses, I respect their right to choose this way of thinking. And I do wonder if they have just given up on attempts to talk without stuttering because they have had many unsuccessful experiences with therapists that have not been trained in modern, research-based stuttering treatment programs.
So the question for me is “Do you REALLY want to stop stuttering” or have you come to terms with or even like you stuttering. This is very important as I select the people who stutter that I work with in treatment. If clients do not really want to change the way they talk, they will not be good candidates for my stuttering treatment.
The best candidate for stuttering treatment is the one who hates their stuttering enough to do something about it. They really want to stop stuttering. I know I did after stuttering for 35 years. I had to fly to Pittsburgh in January and pay for therapy and a motel, but it was absolutely worth all of the time and money that I spent.
As I said I do respect those who want to keep their stuttering. They have their reasons. I don’t think that I want to enroll them in my stuttering treatment programs. I am looking for clients that REALLY want to stop stuttering and make a difference in their lives!