December 16, 2020 at 2:49 pm #28479
Hi. To introduce myself I’m Charlotte from the UK. I’m 30 and happily married with two kids. I’ve stuttered for just about as long as I can remember (from around age 4). My mother also stutters too, though she’s very mild these days.
I stumbled across Lee’s book around a week ago after reading good things regarding his methods on reddit (the guy was saying he’s three months fluent using Lee’s methods). And obv, I wanted to check it out.
According to Kindle, I’m currently 51% through Lee’s book and I’m feeling very positive. I’ve never had speech therapy before (other than speaking to the speech and language teams when I was a very young kid. I don’t remember any therapy actually taking place). I’ve been recording myself reading aloud everyday and feel like my fluency is improving daily.
I hope everyone is keeping well over the festive period, and I look forward to getting to meet you all!December 16, 2020 at 4:18 pm #28480GáborParticipant
Hi, welcome here! 🙂
You can also meet others via videochat at the SAM meetings on Saturdays.December 17, 2020 at 5:51 pm #28481
Hi Charlotte! Welcome to SAC. My name is Javier, and I’m one of the Certified Speech Coaches here. Just like you, I began stuttering when I was around 4 or 5, and over the years, my stuttering became reaaaaally severe. Here’s my Success Story, in case you want to take a look at it: https://speechanxietyanonymous.org/pwss/javier-madrid-spain/
And in this video you can see how I used to stutter the first time I met Lee, and how it improved until I became a PWSS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMnX2hvwsx4&ab_channel=LeeLovett
It is great to see that your speech is already improving. Great job! Keep working on it and you’ll stop stuttering sooner or later. It is all a matter of discipline, consistency and determination. It took me 8 months to stop stuttering. But I’ve coached people who did it in 5 weeks (that is, not to have any bad incidents in at least 4 weeks; so after our second coaching session, he stopped appearing speech dsisabled!!).
The video courses are a great complement to the book. Having somebody (Lee) explain the book to you really helps. There is also a lot of useful information in the blogs (in the “Community section”) and of course, watching videos of coaching sessions is pretty much like being coached. You can search the videos that suit you best using the filters.
And just like Gábor said, the weekly meetings (they start at 9am NY time, which should be 14:00h in the UK) are incredibly motivating: hearing PWSS speak, share their stories, how they stopped stuttering, it really helps. And you also learn a lot. Hope to see you this weekend. The Zoom invitation details are given in the Community –> Speech Club Section, at the bottom of the page: https://speechanxiety.com/speech-club/
We all look forward to hearing about your progress with your speech!December 17, 2020 at 5:51 pm #28482
Welcome to SAC! I’m Javier, a PWSS and one of the Certified Speech Coaches of SAC.
It’s great to see that your speech is already improving, that’s fantastic. Keep it like that, you’re going to beat it too! It’s just a matter of time. I used to be a severe stutterer all my life, and I began stuttering at around the same age as you.
Here’s my Success Story if you want to take a look at it:
And here’s a video where you can compare how my speech used to be the first time I spoke with Lee and how it is now:
It took me 8 months to stop stuttering, but a lot of people have done it a lot faster than me. PWS normally stop stuttering in 2 or 3 months, but it depends on many factors. For example, one of my students became a PWSS in 5 weeks. After our second skype (second week) he stopped having bad incidents. And two weeks later he didn’t have a single bad incident in 4 weeks, so he posted his Success Story and became a PWSS. He hasn’t stuttered since then.
In any case, what we must know that you will stop stuttering, sooner or later. All you need is determination, patience and consistency.
The book alone is what many have needed to stop stuttering (it wasn’t my case). But the video courses, the videos of coaching sessions, the blogs and this Forum will surely make it a lot easier.
The video course of the Stuttering book is a great complement to consider. Having somebody (Lee) explain you the book, and to show you how to use the Crutches, for example, surely helps a lot.
Watching the videos of the coaching sessions is pretty much like being coached by us. And you can use the filters to find the sessions that suit you best.
And just like Gábor said, I strongly recommend you to attend to the weekly SAM meetings (Saturdays at 9am NY time, which, if I’m not mistaken, is 14:00h UK time). In these meetings you will be able to meet Lee, the rest of the coaches, other PWSS and PWS. You will learn how other PWSS stopped stuttering, make comments, ask questions. It is extremely motivating, and you learn a lot.
So I hope to see you this Saturday! The Zoom invitation to these meetings is at the end of the page of the Speech Club Section of this website:
Please do keep us posted with your progress with your speech, and do not hesitate to post your questions here.
Have a great day!December 19, 2020 at 4:33 pm #28491
Hello Javier and Gábor!
I’ll definitely try and get onto the next zoom meeting – though I’ll likely miss the next meeting. (It’ll be falling on boxing day, right?)
Javier, I’ve just finished watching your speech transformation video and it’s amazing! When you said your friend complimented you on how good your speech had become; that’s what I want! I can’t think of a better compliment to receive as a stutterer.
I am really considering signing up to get access to the videos. I think the crutches will be easier for me to understand when seen demonstrated. So far, I’m mostly using dropping the first sound/syllable and whispering.December 19, 2020 at 6:52 pm #28492
Thanks for your compliments. Of course you can get there too, no doubt about that!!
The next meeting will be in 2 weeks (there won’t be any meeting next Saturday, the 26th, we’re going ti take a break due to the holidays).
Would you like to have a free Q&A session with me (or any other coach) and ask me any questions yiu might have about the program, etc.?December 28, 2020 at 2:35 pm #28539
Apologies for the late reply – busy over the holidays!
I had a great Q and A session the other day with Prathusha. I’m feeling very positive. I’m planning on getting back in touch with her to arrange another meeting in the new year.December 28, 2020 at 4:35 pm #28540
That’s fantastic! In that case, I look forward to hearing about your progress!
Feel free to ask any questions too. We will try to help you the best way we can 🙂January 7, 2021 at 9:25 am #28607Leah AreffModerator
I am delighted that you have found us. I stuttered my whole life too. It became quite bad at age 10 and persisted until I was 27. I am now 30 years old and I have been stutter free for over 3 and a half years. Do join us this Saturday at the SAM meeting!!!
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