My name is Mrs. Ludwig and I stutter. I have stuttered my entire life. When using my tools, talking is easier, but it is still something that takes a lot of concentration. If you are someone who stutters, you are not alone. Over 3 million people in the US stutter and over 68 million world wide.
Here are some great websites for you to check out:
Stuttering Homepage: http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster/
Personal Stories from People Who Stutter - http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster/PWSspeak/PWSspeak.html
National Stuttering Association: http://www.nsastutter.org/click on CHILDREN or TEENS on the left side to find links about kids who stutter and fun factsThe Stuttering Foundation: http://www.stutteringhelp.org/
Here are some helpful hints for your family and friends:- respect talking turns, don't interrupt- listen to WHAT I am saying instead of HOW I am saying it- use a slower rate and pauses so I don't feel so rushed- don't finish my words or sentences- don't tell me to "relax" or "think first"- trying not to stutter at all is like telling someone to change the way they walk- if you accept stuttering as a part of me, it is easier for me to acceptFLUENCY THERAPY with MRS. LUDWIG1 - BREATHING proper breath support from your belly2 - TENSION (the tightness) & TIMING (speaking rate and how often we pause for a breath)3 - TOOLS (which ones work best for you?)ease into my words, use gentle soundskeep the beat or a rhythmuse expressionavoid fillers (um, ah, like)run my words togetherchunk my thoughts, add pausesmake a planpositive thoughtsstop & re-starts