Sarah-Jane Wren
Speech and Language Therapy
in Brighton and Lewes

Stammering 24th January 2020

Stammering therapy

What is stammering?

When someone is stammering the smooth flow of speech is disrupted in ways that are uncomfortable and difficult. Speech may sound hesitant, forced, tense or jerky.

People who stammer may avoid certain words or situations which they feel will cause them difficulty.

The fear of stammering can affect the person at least as much as the stammering itself.
Some people's stammering is obvious to others. Other people stammer openly only rarely.

Stuttering is the same as stammering; it is just the American word for it!

Could I benefit from Speech and Language Therapy?

Yes - if any of these apply to you:

  • You are having difficulties at home, socially or at work or college because of your stammering
  • You would like to speak with more ease and less physical struggle
  • Your confidence is low because of your stammering
  • You worry about stammering in front of other people
  • You avoid situations e.g. speaking in groups, using the phone
  • You are frustrated because you don't get to say what you want to say
  • You feel your stammering is a barrier to you doing what you want in your life

    What happens at my first appointment?

    You will be given plenty of time to tell me how stammering is affecting you. I may ask you questions such as 'how long have you been stammering?', 'what makes speaking harder?', 'what prompted you to come for therapy now?' And I will answer your questions about stammering and therapy.

    We will identify what you would like to achieve through therapy and I will explain how we can work together to achieve this.

    What will I do in Speech and Language Therapy?

    As everyone's experience of stammering is different, I will design your therapy to suit you. However, therapy will usually include the opportunity to:

  • Understand your stammering better
  • Learn how the voice works
  • Learn how speech sounds are produced and how to say them with less struggle
  • Work on negative thoughts and feelings to do with stammering
  • Discuss your experiences of stammering and make changes in how you handle speaking situations

    In order to benefit from stammering therapy and to make progress, you will need to practice the techniques and tasks I suggest. Just coming to see me won't be enough - you will need to make a commitment to yourself to work on stammering in-between sessions.

    How long will therapy take?

    This will be discussed with you at your first appointment.

    Very often I will recommend that you have a course of six weekly sessions as this gives us a good opportunity to begin to work on the areas I described above. At the end of this time we might leave a gap of a few weeks during which you continue to work on what you have learned and then we meet to review your progress together.

    You may wish to see me for a further course of regular therapy or occasional follow-up appointments. You may wish to discuss the possibility of attending group therapy which some people find a very beneficial next step. If I don't feel I can help you further I will tell you so, so that you don't waste your time and money.

    At every stage you will have the opportunity to discuss and decide in partnership with me what is best for you. To contact me by email click here

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