June 9, 2022 at 12:36 am #31485KaRa AwakoaiyeParticipant
Hi everyone. My name is KaRa and I’m 23 years old. I’ve been stuttering for pretty much my entire life but I’ve never let it get to me until COVID hit. Ever since then, it’s been God awful. I believe I developed social anxiety and God, it sucks so much. I just recently moved to a new city and I always think I appear so dumb to other people when it takes me the longest to say the simplest stuff. I purchased the book back in January and I’m having trouble using the crutches in real time. My brain just goes blank or maybe it’s just filled with rage that I can’t even speak correctly for goodness sake. Anyways, I’m just looking for a partner who can help me stay on top of the tasks (reading for an hour, daily affirmations, remaining positive). I’m trying to look for a new job so I really need to be confident during interviews as well. Let me know, I can help you too (hopefully lol).June 11, 2022 at 3:39 pm #31490JavierModerator
Hi KaRa. I would highly recommend to watch some of our videos of coaching sessions. Many PWS have the same issues as you described. The advice that we give them may well help you too.
Frustration is our enemy, and it can prevent us from improving. All negative thoughts about our speech act against all the efforts we do every day reading aloud, hearing fluency, using Crutches, mind training, etc. Evil cannot enter in a mind already full. We have to keep our mind full of positive thoughts and our affirmations. Whenever you get frustrated, or have any other kind of negative thought (including stuttering fears), reject them immediately with one of your affirmations.
You can come to our Crutch Practice sessions (Go to our “community” section, then click on “crutch practice groups”; you’ll find the list of sessions that we have every week and the Zoom link) and practice with your Crutches with us! You can learn a lot from the other attendees (both PWS and PWSS) and the way they apply the Crutches, for example.
And of course, you can always ask for private coaching (go to the “coaching” section and then click on “speech coaching”; you can purchase some sessions there). This can be the most effective option, as you will have a coach help you and give you advice tailored to your case.
I hope you find these comments helpful!
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