April 30, 2022 at 3:30 pm #31394
Hi there! My name is Marjetka and I’m from Slovenia, Europe. I have had speech problem since I was 6 years old. As I child I’ve been to a speech therapist but it haven’t helped me a lot. So I’ve just tried to live with my fear of speeking and avoiding speaking as much as possible. I was really happy to find SAC web page and Lee Lovett’s book. It helped me a lot with my speech problem and understanding it. I’ve tried to practice crutches and doing auto suggestions, almost regularly. My speech is getting better, but I’m not there yet. I block when I’m nervous and then I force words. I try to use crutches as much as possible. But I guess I would need to practice them more. So, I was wondering, how crutch practice group works? Do I need to apply for crutch practice or I just join Zoom practice group? How about SAM meetings? Is it OK to just join? Namely, I still cope with my anxiety – fear of public speaking and I not sure I would be able to speak 🙂May 1, 2022 at 6:46 pm #31397John KerrParticipant
I’m John from Scotland. A PWSS and one of the hosts for the practice group on Monday and Wednesday at 7:30pm UK TIME.
You are very welcome to come to the group. We practice a number of different things using the crutches and I’m sure you’ll get a lot out of it. Hope to see you tomorrow.
Good luck with your journey on WSSA. Try to watch two or three coaching sessions on the site every week.
For practice groups & SAM meetings, just click on the link.
JohnMay 2, 2022 at 6:41 am #31399
Hi John. Thank you for your recommendations. I’ll watch coaching sessions and try to attend your crutch practice group.
MarjetkaMay 3, 2022 at 8:16 am #31401JavierModerator
this is Javier, a PWSS from Spain and one of the Certified Speech Coaches of WSSA. First of all, welcome to this community!
I highly recommend you to attend to the SAM Meetings on Saturdays. You can attend with your camera and mic off if you want. Nobody is obliged to talk or say anything, unless you want to. Watch a few videos of previous SAM Meetings to get an idea of what we do there. You can learn A LOT from these meetings, from other PWSS’ experiences, the tips that Lee and the rest of us give, etc.
About the Crutch Practice Groups, you don’t need to apply or anything like that. Just click on the Zoom link and join our meetings. These are not recorded and won’t be shown anywhere. The idea is that in these sessions we meet in small groups. We are all PWS and PWSS. We have the same goals: practice and improve, and meet other people from all over the world. These meetings are very supportive, and you can learn a lot from the way other people use the Crutches.
My sessions are on Thursdays at 18:00h Spain time (I think we share the same time zone). Try to attend to some of mines too if you can.
And of course, you can always request private coaching if you feel that you need it.
JavierMay 9, 2022 at 5:24 pm #31420
Thanks Javier, I’ll try to attend SAM meetings and crutch practices. As suggested by John I also watch recordings of coaching and it’s really helpful.
Regards, MarjetkaMay 10, 2022 at 6:44 am #31421JavierModerator
I’m glad you’re finding the videos of coaching sessions useful. The advice that we give one student may well help you too.
I look forward to seeing you in one of my Crutch Practice sessions and in SAM.
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