How I Deal With Stuttering, Pt. 2

 

For some reason my stutter has gotten worse.  So I went to my local library to find a book on stuttering.  They were all out.  Since I’m fascinated by dreams, I picked up a book somewhat about dreams entitled The Dreaming Universe  by Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D.   Imagine my surprise when I discovered that he is also a stutterer and even listed tips on how he dealt with stuttering. (Synchronicity , perhaps?)

Breathing Meditation

Fred Alan Wolf explains that he suddenly began stammering at the age of eight but cannot remember why he suddenly began.  He assumes he must have experienced a trauma, but is not entirely sure.  He does say that you should try therapy and a physical check up if you suddenly start stuttering for no real reason.  In his case, he hadn’t a physical cause or a trigger.

However, he learned not to be too stressed out about stuttering with help from breathing meditation.  This is where you concentrate on your breath and only your breath.  Over time, this becomes helps you calm down in nearly any situation.  Stress and worry about the future can aggravate stuttering, so dealing with your overall stress helped him deal with stuttering.

Word Substitution

I use this, too, and it has helped me quite a bit in the past in dealing with my stuttering.  You just substitute one word that is easier to say for the word that is hard to say.  For example, if you problems saying “bad”, then you can substitute “awful” or “wrong”, or something without a hard “B” or “P” sound.

A thesaurus is great for finding lots of words with basically the same meaning.  Of course, you might wind up sounding a bit like Porky Pig at times, but if you can still get your point across, don’t worry about it.

Altering Consciousness

This is what Wolf calls this method of dealing with stuttering and I can’t come up with a better term.  He doesn’t mean for you to take mind-altering drugs or become a shaman.  You do have to do some sort of head game to alter your perception on how you look at talking.

For example, Wolf realized that he didn’t stammer when he sung.  So, whenever he had to give a lecture, he thinks that he is singing, only singing in monotone.

Hope this helps.

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