People who stammer have many expectations from therapy. Most people want to achieve greater fluency, whilst others want to feel better about themselves as communicators. In my experience, the best outcomes have been achieved when people develop a greater ‘presence’ when communicating and acceptance of the stammer. Many of us are frequently caught in the ‘mind reading’ trap of thinking that others may think less of us due to our vulnerabilities or perceived flaws. Therapy for stammering needs to ‘toughen up’ the person to be less bothered by the stammer, worry less about what others may think of them and get on with communicating ideas, feelings and thoughts in an authentic, comfortable way. The individual also needs to develop greater kindness and compassion towards themselves. Therapy to achieve all this includes psychological approaches integrated into speech therapy approaches, such as Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy and CBT. The Voice and Communication Clinic uses these approaches effectively in the treatment for our clients. Contact us to find out more…
Most people are fascinated about stammering. They ask me what causes it and what they should do when people stammer. I tell them that stammering is a multi-factorial condition that is caused by a predisposition to it due to the wiring in their brain. If you are not sure what to do when people stammer I would advise you to just allow people to talk, just like anyone else. Be patient, kind and authentic. If you are not sure, you could always ask them!
Speech and language therapy is not about elocution
People often ask me if I am going to make them talk better when I tell them what I do for a living. Most people do not realise that Speech and Language Therapists work with all types of communication disorders and disorders of swallowing and feeding. We work in many places including schools, hospitals, prisons, clinics, mental health centres, old-age homes and in research institutes. We work with premature babies and the dying and elderly. We work with loss, disability and death and try to help people achieve their potential in their ability to communicate with everyone in order to live meaningful, fulfilling lives. It is a privilege to do this work and can be very challenging.
This is a new world to me
Blogging ! A new way of communicating
That is what speech and language therapy is all about – enjoying effective communication to meet all our needs. Imagine what life would be like if your communication was impaired. Imagine if you found it hard to get your words out, such as for those who stammer, or have problems with your voice and find it physically difficult to talk. Or perhaps one could have a problem with the brain and find it hard to find the words or understand what people say. Others need machines to help them communicate. Think of Stephen Hawkins. His muscles for speech don’t work due to ALS, so he uses a device to express what he thinks. Speech and language therapists work with children and adults to help them engage with the world by supporting their speech, language, voice and communication. Welcome to my website and blog. I provide therapy for voice, speech and language. Please look at the voice and communication clinic for more information and enjoy my blogs.