One of the peculiarities of the moments where I talk fluently is when I modulate my speech to link smoothly the end of a word with the beginning of the next one. This generally is executed talking slower and relaxing as much as I can. It often emphasises vocal phonems in the next word to avoid difficulties in explosive sounds – my favourites for getting blocked.

The degree of difficulty depends on the situation but the results are quite good. The listener seems comfortable with this calmed and musical way of talking. Emphasis on the next word’s vocal makes the word less understable but it is oftenly not noticed – people usually get meaning unconsciously by the context, not listening to each word.

Tension in stomach

September 27, 2008

Tension in this area is almost continuous. However, its intensity varies with the situation. It may be a good indicator for assessing my level of stress or fear.

When relaxed – e.g. when writing this blog – I feel a light pressure on the stomach forming as if I was pushed with a circular device on it. As I get more nervous, the feeling gets so strong I wonder whether this is could be a good fitness exercise 🙂

Jokes apart, the fact tension remains constant on this area makes me classify it as a major area of tension.

Tension in larynx

September 27, 2008

This is one of the areas where I feel tension when I talk.

In the beginning, it is only a feeling of being uncomfortable. But it progressively increases with time unless I manage the situation. In severe cases, the tension seems to block the air flow…disabling any attempt to talk.

Explosive sounds

September 24, 2008

Explosive sounds such as ‘t’, ‘p’ or ‘c’ are on the top of my list of common difficulties I come across during conversations. Additionally, these get even more complicated when are combined with another consonant such as ‘r’. For example, I have always found difficult to dictate my ZIP code as it contains 3 and 13numbers…notice that these are tres and trece in spanish.

During my last therapy I read lists full of words starting or containing these sounds. It may be interesting (and useful) to get back to them.

Training on identification

September 24, 2008

Let’s begin with action!

I am willing to follow Van Riper’s approach to stuttering as a framework for self-theraphy. Consequently, I’ll start by increasing my awareness on the subject.

What is measured, gets done! Therefore, I’ll try to become aware of 2 examples on each of these categories extracted from Van Riper’s work:

  • Fluent stuttering
  • Avoidance
  • Postponing
  • Starting
  • Verbal clues
  • Situational clues
  • Nuclear behaviours
  • Areas of tension
  • Feelings


I’m back!

September 24, 2008

After a couple of years unconnected, I’m back.

Unfortunately, this is a common scenario in a stutterer life. Other subjects get more priority than stuttering until you become aware once more of its hindering effects. Anyway…

During this time, I’ve read interesting things on NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), psychology and stuttering therapies which may be useful on this new stage.

Particularly, I would like to follow the long-term objective of becoming a fluent stutterer in my 40s. This gives me a few years to improve my techniques!

See you here!