TALAkademin har det redan…

”… people who stutter focus on words, while people who are fluent focus on their voice and emotions, while letting the words take care of themselves”.
(Ann a Margolina)

Jag stammar inte,… när jag är ensam

I think that is definitely one of the main triggers for most people: feeling afraid of stuttering because they feel like they’ll be judged for it. That’s why most people don’t stutter when they’re by themselves, or around people who they know really well, or animals, or babies. They don’t think any of those will judge them for stuttering. But I don’t think that’s always the case though. For me I don’t even think it’s actually one of the main triggers. I really wish I could figure out what it is for me.

Jag minns själv, när jag gick i läroverket i Örnsköldsvik, att jag skämdes för att jag stammade. Efterhand minskade skamkänslan allt eftersom jag insåg, att det var opraktiskt att tänka så. Jag hade då lärt mig tala på ett annorlunda sätt. Hade jag vågat mig på att tala som en finlandssvensk på lektionstimmarna, så hade jag klarat mig från stamningen. Eller på engelsktimmarna hade det gått bra om jag härmat westernskådespelaren John Wayne som talade med sammanbitna käkar och med en viss sjungande intonation.

Att tänka fritt är stort, att tänka rätt är större…


I believe this is nothing more damaging to people’s quest for fluency that all that propaganda that stuttering is uncurable, that you have to accept it and it is who you are. I lived beieving in this nonsense for 40 years, until John Harrison’s book changed it. I often wonder why anyone would so fervently defend their right to have no hope and deny this hope to other people? What good does it do? It may have something to do with a belief that people feel good when they are comfortable and nothing bad happens to them. It is not true. People feel good when they grow, when they are overcoming challenges, fail, pick themselves up, do it again and experience all those little victories and triumphs on the way. The journey to fluency is actually the surest way to start really feel happy, fulfulled and inspired, even if it takes you a while to actually reach your goals.
(Anna Margolina)
 Jag instämmer med Anna Margolina. Jag inser att alla personer som har stamning i sitt tal tänker olika om hur man kan tala bättre. Det är stort att tänka fritt. Vem nöjer sig  med det? Om det är större att tänka rätt. Säg mig vem som avgör det!

Från sång till tal…


This again confirms Barbara views that for fluent speakers voice is the base, while for PWS words are the base for speech. When you start with singing, you naturally focus on voice. Then you just carry this way of speaking into your speech. I had a friend, an old lady. She was teaching public speaking for her entire life. When she was young, she had a guy in her class who stuttered. So she befriended him, because she was so concerned about him and she suggested they go around singing all the time. She said she spend many hours with him just singing and speaking in a sing song manner and that he stopped stuttering. I was always skeptical of her story. I knew singing and speaking are two different things. But what if she actually helped him to switch to normal way of speaking by vibrating first and articulating second. Now with Barbara’s teaching it all makes so much sense to me. It is not about singing, it is about teaching your brain to start with voice first.