Stuttering has been a puzzling condition to people throughout time. There are so many conflicting theories that seem to contradict one another and every so often someone claims to have found the magic bullet for its cure. During the early years of my career, I was as puzzled as everyone else about how to best treat stuttering. Knowing that every problem has its solution and stuttering is no different, I was determined to find the solution that my stuttering clients were searching for. What they asked from me was to give them the ability to speak with fluent ease, like everyone else. I endeavored to find a way to do this.
Determination, resolve, and not a small amount of stubbornness forced me to look out of the box to find the best way to treat my clients who stutter. I never intended to come up with a whole new theory about stuttering and a new treatment approach. However, when I took into consideration all that is known about stuttering, including the thoughts, beliefs, reactions and behaviors of all my clients and the many thousands of people I have met and spoken to in the stuttering community, it begged to happen. It became so clear to me that stuttering is not simply a problem of the rhythm or forward flow of speech. These were just characteristics of the speech produced. I realized that stuttered speech was the product of a malfunctioning interactive system, so I studied this system from all angles both in the clinic and by learning from researchers and experts in all related fields. It all began to make sense. In the clinic I saw an obvious direct relationship between the way the specific production processes functioned and the fluency of speech. The proof that the speech processing perspective is the right perspective is in the results.
I have never touted Dynamic Stuttering Therapy as the magic cure for stuttering. It is just that I have found it to be the most effective therapy approach. I have a number of clients who have contacted me more than a decade after completing therapy. Some of them are in the videos on my website. They have told me that the treatment they received in my clinic changed their lives. Not all the clients that I have treated over the years have reached the same level of success, but, as the program was refined over the years, there are more and more clients who feel this way.
I have gotten used to seeing the astounding changes that so many clients have made, but sometimes, when I look back on videos to they way the client spoke only a month or so earlier, the enormous difference amazes even me. Not only is the person’s speech so much more fluent, there is also a change in the person’s overall demeanor. Their facial expression, posture and body language is more relaxed and natural and they have a new found ability to relate stories, argue, tell jokes and anecdotes, read before an audience and lead prayers. I have heard many a client say that Dynamic Stuttering Therapy is the most logical and effective way to treat stuttering, but I had to smile when a 13 year old client said, “This therapy rocks!”