March 5, 2021 at 9:43 pm #29062
Any of you here watch My Cousin Vinny???
That stuttering lawyer played by Austin Pendelton!!!!
Lee was a lawyer—
I wonder if the lawyer in My Cousin Vinny was planning his words!!! I mean that sarcasticaly!!!
He was speaking with passionate stuttering—!!!
I wonder if the lawyer in my cousin Vinny was using any of Lee’s crutches!!! LOL—!!!!
Use crutches if you want!–speech is supposed to be automatic!!!! That’s a lot of planning-what crutch are ya gonna use for what word…what are ya gonna trip on…how can you avoid such and such with what crutch…..you are just mentally exhausting yourself by always thinking of a crutch!!!March 6, 2021 at 12:52 am #29064John KerrParticipant
Adam, I don’t think you are helping when you berate the people on SAC that are trying to improve their speech. I’ve seen a number of your posts in the forum and they are usually negative. I know that you are autistic and perhaps see things as ‘black & white’ but we are all helping each other with hints/tips to our speech.March 6, 2021 at 12:17 pm #29067GáborParticipant
That was very diplomatic, John and I absolutely agree. 🙂 Nowadays I just try to avoid his comments without reacting in a negative or offensive way to them.
And it’s also some kind of motivation that some people try to find excuses and negative things about Lee’s method, while others just do the necessary work to improve and soon, they become PWSS and live a happier life.March 10, 2021 at 10:16 am #29116
The number of PWS who come to us, from some of the mentioned programs and others, and say that they didn’t help them, you’d be amazed.
Anyway, we’re happy if the PWS/PWSS are happy and if they find methods that help them be happy (and even better if you stop stuttering). That’s what matters and why we do what we do.
Posting negative comments does the exact opposite for the one who posts them and the readers. You are not helping anybody doing such things, and evern more so when you clearly haven’t mastered this method, especially the Crutches and the mind training, Adam. Lee Lovett has told you this several times.April 8, 2021 at 2:08 am #29308
Repeating the affirmations have done nothing for me……it’s the wrong approach for me…so should I continue doing affirmations even if they don’t help??April 8, 2021 at 7:30 am #29311GáborParticipant
Try different ones.April 8, 2021 at 1:06 pm #29313
To one and all–the top post posted on march 5 was not meant to be taken negatively!!!! It was a joke-for fun!!! Austin Pendleton–darn good actor!April 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm #29314
Adam, about the affirmations…. How long have you been doing it? How many times every day? Are you repeating them at least 20 times each? Are you always using the same affirmations? Are you trying to visualize yourself in those situations while saying them aloud?
The effects tend to show up after a few weeks of doing the ASTs several times every day, consistently. And of course, to feel them, you’ll have to use the other 2 “legs of the stool” of Lee Lovett’s method: the Crutches and reading aloud…. Are you working on those too?
These methods have worked for a lot of people already. Let us know how you do them, and we might be able to give you some advice.April 9, 2021 at 7:45 am #29320Leah AreffModerator
Adam, once you have answered all Javier’s questions, we will be better equipped to give you an answer 🙂April 9, 2021 at 3:32 pm #29325
I WAS repeating affirmations daily…and listening to the affirmations on a daily basis….but for a few weeks to see results —that’s much to long for me to wait to see any good results…can’t the process be speeded up???
I never know what crutch to use because I never know what word or phrase I will trip on…..
And can someone explain extreme pronunciation again…….April 9, 2021 at 4:53 pm #29327
Hi again Adam,
thanks for the explanation, it has helped me understand your case a lot better.
About the auto-suggestions. I don’t know other ways to make it go faster, unfortunately. I’ve done both self-hypnosis and auto-suggestions. Both take their time. For example, with the self-hypnosis, it took me around 3 weeks to start feeling thee effects of these treatments. It takes around that time to feel the ones of the auto-suggestions. Some people take longer, some people don’t.
But as I said, I don’t know of any other faster procedures, unfortunately… So, keep on insisting. You’ll get to feel the benefits of these treatments. It’s just a matter of time.
Regarding the Crutches: as you might know, there are 2 groups of Crutches:
Crutches for First Feared Words, which are Crutches 1 to 8.
Crutches for middle words, or “speaking styles”. These are Crutches 7-12, or better said, 7-13. These are the ones I recommend to use all the time, as they will also improve your speaking style and make you a better speaker. I particularly try to use Crutches 10 (linkage) and 11 (sepaking like a King). I really like them.
So, especially on these ones, the idea is that when using a Crutch, we must pay as much attention as possible to the way we speak instead of the specific words. So, for example, if we are using word-linkage (#10), we must be very focused on making sure we leave no “spaces” between syllables and words. This is how most people speak anyway. See it for yourself. Nobody. Speaks. Like. This.
Now, about extreme pronunciation, I recommend you to watch Lesson 9 of the Crutch Mastery Series (https://speechanxiety.com/lessons/crutch-9/). Lee explains that Crutch in that video lesson. But, as a tip, I try to focus on the movements of my jaw when speaking, instead of the words. I try to pronounce every syllable. There are some very helpful videos of our coaching sessions in which we explain this Crutch, and others, of course. You can look at them going to the “Videos” section of this website, and then use the search filters to find them.
I hope you find all this helpful.April 9, 2021 at 8:19 pm #29328
What is a “feared word”…does that equal a stuttered word???
Any way to know in advance WHEN we will stutter so we know what “crutch” to use to avoid it???April 10, 2021 at 10:16 am #29329
Hasn’t it happened to you that before you speak to someone, you know you’re going to have a block? For example, if you go to a restaurant, and you see the waitress coming to your table to ask you what would you like to eat, and you want a pizza, por example. And you know that there is a high chance that you are going to stutter when you say, “I’d like a p-p-p-pi…….p-pizza, please”. Well “pizza” is the feared word.
The idea is to use the Crutches even when you don’t need them. Why? So that you get used to using them. And after using them as much as possible, not only when needed, for a while (several weeks in most cases), you’ll see that you’re speaking using the Crutches unconsciously, automatically, effortlessly. You’ve gotten used to it. You replaced your old way of speaking (stuttering) with this new one (fluency).
I hope I explained it clearly.
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