Day 4 is when you experience talking at a normal speaking rate without stuttering and without the DAF machine for longer periods of time. You use phrasing to plan what you want to say and when you want to say it. Your voice is on during each phrase sounding better than before – even during fluent times – because you have no fear of stuttering.
Even though you can talk without stuttering in the clinic, you probably know that using your new skills outside in the real world is a different story. Because of this we put together a very carefully planned and therapist supported transfer program. We start learning the system during the last few days of intensive therapy so that you can be totally ready with a plan to use your new speaking skills when you go home.
By this time, you are ready to try this out on some other people – starting with your easiest speaking situations where you would probably do well anyway. We develop a speaking situation difficulty rating scale to make sure that you start at the bottom and work up. We want you to feel that you’ll have a good chance success in the speaking situations you choose. Sometimes we bring in close family members or trusted friends into the therapy room to begin the process.
Ready for the last day?