Whether you are ready for stuttering therapy now or not, I would like to give you some tips to help stop stuttering which may help you control your stuttering. These tips will not take the place of formal stuttering treatment but may give you some relief in the meantime.
I’m sure lots of people have told you to SLOW DOWN and think about what you want to say. You may have tried to follow this advice and found it very difficult. Rather than try to slow down your rate of speaking, try putting frequent pauses in your sentences. These can be every 3 to 5 or 6 words. The idea is to break up what you are trying to say into chunks, rather than run on a 19-word sentence.
This accomplishes several things:
1. Your speaking rate is slower because you pause more often
2. Your brain is better able to plan what comes out because it is a shorter phrase
3. You don’t overload your brain with too much information
Take as much time as you need to plan each phase during the pause. Don’t try to think of what you are saying WHILE you are talking. Plan what to say during the pause before the phrase.
Try it in easy speaking situations at first until you get the hang of it.
The Stutter-Free Speech Program at the Power Stuttering Center uses all of these principles. For more information click on the link below: