When talking about stuttering in adults, it is important to understand that a distinction must be made between developmental stuttering in children and stuttering that remains permanent in an adult. When children start to speak, they can develop a temporary speech disorder during the language acquisition process, but it passes with time. When the speech disorder remains even after the language acquisition stage, it is understood that there is a permanent speech disorder of stuttering or abrupt and rapid speech. This disorder often includes side effects such as stress, head movements, convulsions, etc.
Stuttering in adults is evident when adults who are aware that they have a speech disorder find indirect ways to seemingly overcome the problem.
Techniques to "Correct" Stuttering in Adults!
Some people who are aware that they have a speech disorder will invent all kinds of ways to start and finish a sentence because they know they won't be able to do it like people without fluency disorders. They look for and find ways to make it easier for themselves to communicate. It sometimes requires a huge effort for them to start and finish one complete and clear sentence. The most correct definition today for dysfluency is a spontaneous, momentary loss of control over the speech system while speaking.
A person who stutters wants to say a word, knows what the word is, knows how to say it, but then gets stuck. The word doesn't come out. Stuttering in adults is a loss of control at the moment a person wants to say a certain word, and this is a terrible and very difficult feeling. To try and overcome stuttering, the adult who is aware of his speech problem tries to continue the sentence anyway and then either he repeats the same word several times because he cannot move on to the next word, or he omits the word that is difficult for him to say, resulting in the sentence being incomplete and unclear. In any case, the communication is disrupted and not understood. Sometimes a PWS will start talking very fast in order to finish and say everything he wants until he "gets stuck". Other times, a PWS will swallow part of the words or sounds in which he normally gets stuck on, and his speech will be abrupt and unclear. Adults who stutter may develop body and facial convulsions, blush, and behave in an unclear manner due to attempting to hide their embarrassment, shame, and helplessness. Even worse, some PWS will avoid speaking and keep it as short as possible to reduce the dysfluencies and side effects that come with it.
Dr. Fluency's Method Successfully Treats Adults!
At the center of Dr. Fluency's approach is the principle that you can learn to speak again! Since a fluency disorder is caused by a loss of control over speech, the person must be taught to speak again. He will not be taught what to say to whom, but rather, how to speak correctly without losing control. With Dr. Fluency's method, a person suffering from a speech disorder learns to repronounce sounds and words, learns to breathe, and actually learns to speak again just like a person who has had a stroke learns to walk again. One of the main problems of stuttering and speech disorders is that a PWS knows and remembers his/her speech failures. The reason Dr. Fluency is successful in treating fluency disorders is because with our method, a PWS will learn to speak again by erasing their internal memory, will learn to breathe again, and will forget that he/she once suffered from a speech disorder. When you learn to speak again, you can overcome the difficulties you had with your old speech!
How Do You Overcome Stuttering?
To overcome stuttering, one must go through a rehabilitation process of learning how to control the speech system- in essence, starting anew- and not let dysfluency dictate how speech is produced, what is said, and overall quality of life.
You can hear more about the subject in the fascinating lecture we give as part of our compatibility test.