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December 5, 2020 at 3:16 am #28386Adam WerthParticipant
Suppose no one has any feared words at all, but still stutter???
Some might never be able to know what they will trip up on or when a stutter will appear next or when a stutter will happen or how?
So how do you know WHEN to use a crutch when you can’t even know before hand when you will stutter or what you will stutter on???
Stuttering is extremely unpredictable, you don’t know what crutch to use until the stutter happens, but by then it’s too late. The stutter has happened, you didn’t know the stutter was going to happen, so you never were able to use a crutch to avoid it.
Any person in my opinion can have the problem without having a fear of any word at all…automatic…..December 5, 2020 at 12:50 pm #28389GáborParticipant
Personally, I feel when I’ll stuck on a specific sound or word. In that case, stop talking, grab a crutch and start again. If you don’t struggle (including repetitions), that’s not stuttering.December 8, 2020 at 9:08 am #28417JavierModerator
I don’t think I’ve ever stuttered on a word (or letter/syllable) that I haven’t feared.
And even if that happens, you can detect it. You feel the anxiety triggering. Just like Gábor said, as soon as you see that you’re beginning to re-re-repeat or get stuck on a word, you can ALWAYS stop doing that (this means, to simply stop, to shut your mouth and stop tensing your muscles, jaw, neck, etc), to take a 1 or 2 second pause, and then use a Crutch.
I’ve done it a million times, and so have all the people who have posted a Success Story.December 9, 2020 at 11:00 am #28422Leah AreffModerator
There are two things I would like to address.
Firstly, I disagree that you do not know when you are going to stutter. Everybody knows when they are going to stutter because our brains work much faster than our mouths. For argument’s sake, let us say that you could not predict the stutter – as Javier beautifully put it, as soon as you start stuttering, STOP SPEAKING, pause, start again using a crutch, slowly, speaking like a KING – Crutch 11.
Secondly, If you stutter and there was no fear, then it would not count as a bad speech incident. Many fluent people stutter without fear being the cause of the stutter – do you think if you asked them “Are you a PWS”, they would answer “YES!”? NO! They would merely tell you that their speech is not perfect as nobody’s speech is, and they just happened to repeat a word – like EVERYBODY does.
Hope this makes sense.
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