Sarah conveys how finding a speech-language pathologist who understood the stuttering experience holistically and on a deeper level changed her life. It helped her transition from having difficulty adapting, participating, and meeting new people in college to being more open about her stutter, accepting herself, and becoming a more effective and confident communicator.
Courtney recounts how the initial therapy approach they took with their young daughter who stutters created undue pressure for fluency, so much so that muscle tension, blocks, and other secondary behaviors emerged. When they found a speech therapist with an extensive amount of training, it completely changed their approach and helped them support their daughter to communicate with confidence.
Pam shares how the fluency shaping approach taken by her first speech-language therapists was like hiding and “covert” stuttering all over again. If you’re seeking treatment, Pam’s story conveys why it’s so important to find a professional who understands stuttering and who knows how to tailor treatment to your personal communication goals instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.