The online education and therapy programme for people who stammer
By Paul H Brocklehurst
In this book, Paul discusses his own experiences of stuttering and how they affected his life. He then goes on to explore what is currently known about stuttering, and he describes in detail recent findings of research into the relationship between speech-errors and stuttering — including the research behind the development of the techniques used in our online course.
‘The Perfect Stutter’ is currently available in paperback and e-book formats Click here for further details
Module 1: The Theory Module
In this module, we describe the following aspects of theory...
1. What Causes stammering?
2. The development of secondary symptoms and changes in stammering with age.
3. How and why moments of stammering occur: Possible mechanisms behind the production of stammered disfluencies.
4. The theory behind our techniques: Orchestral Speech and The Jump.
5. The cycle of remission and relapse
6. Psychological approaches to stammering management, Including Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Although it is not strictly necessary to work through these aspects of theory in the order in which we have presented them above, we do suggest that you prioritize the first 4 topics, as these will help you to understand Orchestral Speech and The Jump (which are taught in Modules 2 and 3) and will make you better able to solve any problems that may arise while you are putting them into practice. Whatever the case we suggest you complete the first four topics before commencing the modules on Orchestral Speech and The Jump.
Bear in mind that the more you understand about stammering, the more easily you will be able to adapt the various therapy methods to suit your own unique needs. So, getting to grips with the theory is every bit as important as learning the therapy techniques.
This module is a work-in-progress and we will continue to add more material to it, so do re-visit it from time to time to see what is new.
Once you have finished this module, please remember to complete the questionnaire for the theoretical module
We recommend that you start by working through to the slide-show below, entitled “Five key things you need to know about stuttering in order to start to gain control over it”. Then work through the items on the causes of stammering page.
Please note… all slides contain an audio commentary; you need a computer to play them. If you’re using a mobile phone. Click on the corresponding YouTube video link below each slideshow for a YouTube alternative.