It will be dominant over the old in all ordinary situations.
The stutterer should always seek to use specific and conscious preparation rather than the generalized set in situations where there is much fear. He should cancel all failures by imposing penalties and by getting successes in other
difficult situations. As in the learning of any skill, there
will be a certain amount of failure. Failures are needed for
learning. The stutterer's task is to increase the ratio of
successes to failures without becoming emotional over the
latter. With proper training, the stutterer gains a technique which will be serviceable all of his life. Whenever
fears arise, he has a means of using them to control the
amount of his speech abnormality. Whenever stuttering
blocks occur, he can keep the reactions to them from creating a handicap.Once again we wish to make it clear that the techniques
used in any one of the three periods of stuttering therapy
continue through all subsequent periods. Even in the third
period, the student uses pseudo-stuttering to demonstrate
his good mental hygiene, studies his reactions, builds up his
self-discipline, and carries out his program of unilateral
motor lead control. Occasionally, progress is very rapid.
Usually it is a matter of many months or even years.
Everything depends upon the stutterer's personality problems, motivation, understanding, and self-discipline. No
cures can be predicted or guaranteed. Nevertheless, such
a program as has been sketched in this chapter is certain
to modify, alleviate, or eliminate the handicap of stuttering.
|1. || Appelt A., Stammering and Its Permanent Cure, New York, Longmans, Green & Co., 1928.|
This book includes a history of the treatment of stammering, a
description of the mechanism of speech, a description of the pathology of stammering in the various parts of the vocal organs, the