My ascend began at 26.
Out of despair and not knowing where to turn, I went to the local speaker’s club (see Liverpool Speakers Club). The most unlikely place a person who stutters would go to, and yet I was there. Here, I met people from a well-known speech therapy course, and they advised I try it. Having never been on speech therapy, I signed up.
My life was divided into “before” and “after”.
The course pulled me out of depression. I felt like I left the prison. But the novelty effect and initial euphoria wore off. Now my “freedom” was conditional upon following all the instructions and using control tools. I soon realised that I did not want any forms of control.
And, how would you prefer to speak? Constantly controlling and thinking about your speech or effortlessly and without thinking about it?
Unconditional, uncontrolled freedom was what I wanted. Full stop.
But how? This I didn’t yet know.
All I knew was that the less control I used, the better my speech got. Despite being warned that my fluency wouldn’t hold up for long without control, it was getting stronger every day.
I stayed on the speech therapy. I liked the social element of it, and I think this experience was essential for me to gain greater insight into the problem.
Watching, hearing and discussing experiences of others, I was getting intrigued to find out how does stammering work.
- Why people still stutter whilst presenting in front of a familiar audience?
- Why fluency fluctuates?
- Why people don’t stutter when talking to children or animals?
- Why stammering sometimes appears in adults (after the age of 20)?
- Why we stutter whilst speaking to people in authority?
- Why people stutter less or more when drunk?
- Why people don’t stutter when on their own?
- What genetics have to do with stammering?
- Why feeling confidence makes us more fluent?
I noticed that my stammering followed a certain pattern. At times, I used techniques and still struggled. Other times, I did not and yet spoke fluently. I was intrigued and began making observations. Who would have thought that what started as a personal experiment, went on to become full-scale independent investigation involving over 200 people?
Research into stuttering.
Over last 7 years, I reviewed countless academic journals, experimented, made and recorded hundreds of observations, read multiple books (incl. John Harrison), conducted and participated in over 70 conversations, and analysed personal accounts of PWS’s all over the world with the main contributors being Russia and the UK.
What was eventually uncovered surpassed all my expectations. I wasn’t ready for that. It was a revelation. The new paradigm with the potential to change the way stammering is perceived and addressed.
From all the data collected it transpired that stammering follows and is driven by one single algorithm in 98% of cases [***there were some exclusions]. Circumstances surrounding the onset of stammering greatly vary. The mechanism that triggers and maintains stammering remains the same across all cases.
All earlier theories, perceptions and speculations seemed to have been magically reduced to one common denominator.
I intend to speak for us all. Be the voice of all of you that were directly or indirectly involved in making this reality.
I am not a Speech therapist but am an extremely inquisitive independent researcher. I believe, this circumstance allowed me to look at the speech impediment from an unconventional angle. Bypassing all the complexity, I simplified the problem and arrived at the solution.
Of course, it will not work for all as nobody can change you unless you are willing and ready to be changed.
Who is my blog for?
My knowledge will benefit:
- Open-minded people that know there is more to stammering than what is already known.
- Certain that stammering is not a disease.
- Believe unconditional freedom from stammering is achievable.
- Ready to take responsibility for their speech and life.
- Ready to leave earlier theories behind and built the new foundation.
- Unhappy with their current situation and are genuinely motivated to change.
Don’t waste your time reading my blog if you:
- Adhere to «conventional» views on the problem.
- Believe in “the magic pill”
- Believe that stammering cannot be overcome.
- Quick to blame external circumstances (i.e. the society, parents etc) for their “misfortune” and capriciously demand acceptance.
- Comfortable with your current position and don’t want to change a thing.
I strongly believe that the conceptually new outlook is what urgently needed if we are to ever solve the puzzle and eliminate stammering for good. FOR ALL!
Enough theorising, it is time to show you what you can achieve!
P.S. If you can relate to my story and would like to learn more about my findings, please leave a comment and follow my blog so as not to miss future posts.
**Please note I don’t endorse any courses or therapies.
***Psychogenic cases of stammering were excluded from the study.