Practicing with Speecheasy™
Practice makes perfect! As with all new technologies, there is a learning curve with Speecheasy™, but with regular practice, you should see results.
One way to begin voicing and "turn on" the SpeechEasy&trade is to say the relaxed vowel "uh." In therapy, you may have been discouraged from using non meaningful words or sounds such as "uh," "well," or "like" because you were using them to avoid stuttering. On the other hand, you may have been taught to use such words as a form of voluntary or pseudo-stuttering. Correct use of "uh" with the SpeechEasy&trade is different. The "uh" is used to activate the altered auditory feedback.
Uh-one, uh-two, uh-three, uh-four, uh-five, uh-six, uh-seven, uh-eight, uh-nine, uh-ten, uh-eleven, uh-twelve, uh-thirteen, uh-fourteen, uh-fifteen.Remember, you are not saying "uh" to avoid stuttering, but are doing so to turn on the signal. However, thinking about use of "uh" as a way of being open about stuttering may contribute to your improvement.
Uh-January, uh-February, uh-March, and so on.A good morning warm-up is to read text inserting the relaxed vowel at natural places to pause, such as the beginnings of phrases and sentences.
"Uh-Anybody can become angry - uh-that is easy; uh-but to be angry with the right person, uh-and to the right degree, uh-and at the right time, uh-and for the right purpose, uh-and in the right way - uh-that is not within everybody's power uh-and is not easy."Now try phrasing the same reading where it feels natural for you.
"Anybody can become angry - that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy."After getting the hang of it, practice with any text you like!
As you transition between "uh" and a vowel, such as "uh-eight" or "uh-eleven," you may be reminded of the easy onsets (gentle onsets, easy beginnings...) practiced in therapy, aimed at managing the speech mechanism. The same maneuver is used to turn on the auditory signal with the SpeechEasy™.
Practice first by gliding from "uh" to the vowel, and then by slightly prolonging the vowel alone.
- Uh-East Carolina State University... Eeeast Carolina State University.
- Uh-It's important to warm up... Iiit's important to warm up.
- Uh-A-E-I-O-U and sometimes Y... Aaaay-E-I-O-U and sometimes Y.
- Uh-Everyone has some challenge to meet... Ehhhhveryone has some challenge to meet.
- Uh-After a while it's more automatic... Aaafter a while it's more automatic.
- Uh-Altered feedback makes it work... Aaahltered feedback makes it work.
- Uh-Opinions about stuttering vary... Ohhpinions about stuttering vary.
- Uh-Usually worrying is a waste of energy... Uuusually worrying is a waste of energy.
- Uh-I'm becoming more confident. IIIII'm becoming more confident.
Other sounds can be helpful in turning on the SpeechEasy™ signal. Try to slightly prolong the first sound in these phrases. After you practice this drill a few times, you will become aware of these voiced continuant sounds in readings and everyday speech.
- Listen to the auditory signal coming through the device.
- Record your triumphs to make them more real.
- Wear the device in the ear opposite your telephone ear.
- Most people don't care about your stuttering unless they think you are uncomfortable.
- Vowel sounds are always voiced unless you whisper.
- You never know until you try.
- The difference between just being afraid and being panicked is a plan.
- "Never give up. Never give up. Never. Never. Never."
- Winston Churchill
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