“In no area is man more vulnerable to misunderstanding, criticism and downright abuse from his fellow man than if he should fail to develop speech or, having gained it, should lose it–for when man loses the ability to express himself by speech he is suspect in the world of having lost, also, the senses by which he arrives at the conclusions which he would express in speech. The world feels, it might be said, that if he can’t say his name, it proves that he doesn’t know his name. This is as unfair as holding that if a paralyzed man doesn’t walk it must necessarily be because he does not know what walking is.” –Glenn Doman on speech function lost due to brain damage (but true also for stuttering).21
The two basic types of stuttering are called developmental stuttering and neurogenic (acquired) stuttering. Developmental stuttering refers to the more common type which most PWS (person who stutters) have. Neurogenic stuttering is caused by a lesion or damage to certain brain areas, usually by a stroke or injury.
What PWS has not dreamed of living in a Tolkien world where stuttering is the norm and fluent speech is ostracized?
The great British writer Somerset Maugham, as a child, would pray devoutly in bed at night that God would cure his stutter, that he would wake up one day and not stutter anymore. That never happened. Maugham wrote Of Human Bondage, the classic autobiographical novel in which he gave his character a club foot instead of a stutter. He knew that trying to “write” a stutter on the printed page would be too cumbersome for the reader.
Forget the fantasy that you’ll wake up one day and not stutter anymore. That’s unlikely to happen–unless you take action on your own. No one else can do it for you.
Not everyone can afford the cost and time of taking an onsite clinician-driven program. There’s nothing magical about having a clinician present, though without one, you must be able to motivate yourself. Of course, support and understanding by a caring person certainly has value.
The neuropatterning Home Course is designed for those who would prefer to take a course in the privacy of their homes. The course is based on the original program I created for myself. And it’s my biased but experienced opinion that it offers the best fluency therapy currently available for stuttering.
If you’re willing to put in the effort, you can change your brain.
I was tempted to call this course “The Guerrilla Guide to…” as befits its nontraditional methods. With our prime target the brain rather than the external articulators, the course combines completely new techniques with enhanced forms of some traditional fluency-shaping techniques. Neuropatterning is based on sound principles of what we know about learning, the brain, and stuttering. Perhaps traditional therapies will one day make use of these enhanced techniques.