We have had many clients who have tried various other therapy approaches before participating in Dynamic Stuttering Therapy. From what I have observed, these clients fall mainly into 3 categories:
1. Those who had stuttering modification therapy, but were not convinced that this was all they could do to help themselves. They come to Dynamic Stuttering Therapy, because they have decided that, while accepting that they stutter and learning to stutter with a bit less struggle is beneficial, they have not been be able to improve the quality of their communication to the extent they desire. In their heart, they really do want to speak fluently.
2. Those who were in fluency shaping programs and have tried to do what they had been taught, but became frustrated because it did not work for them. Due to the high hopes they had, they are often skeptical of yet another therapy and fear being disappointed by another unsuccessful therapy experience. Having been dedicated and serious clients, they may also be reluctant to give up the control techniques that they were taught even though they have really not produced the desired results. When these clients come to Dynamic Stuttering Therapy, they are amazed that the experience of speaking can be easier, more comfortable and, of course, fluent.
3. Those who did not like the therapy approach they had tried and, therefore, never made a habit of using additional speech or stuttering controls to speaking. When they come to Dynamic Stuttering Therapy, they are relieved that the therapy goals are so logical and uncomplicated. They are no longer reluctant to go along with the therapy process, because it makes sense and feels good.
Some of our clients did not let stuttering affect their lives even before beginning treatment. However, the majority of our clients come to therapy with years of negative experiences, thoughts and feelings related to stuttering. These clients work as much on cognitive processing as on neurological processing. Some of our clients need to make substantial cognitive changes in order to begin to enjoy speaking. My experience as a clinician has shown me the power of individuals to make changes. When the there is a direct relationship between change and desired results, the experience is rewarding.