Engineer With A Stammer

 
 A story of stuttering treatment for adults in Toronto by Well Said: Toronto Speech Therapy's speech-language pathologists

Case Summary

  • Male in his late twenties with a moderate stuttering disorder who wanted to speak fluently at his wedding
  • Duration: 6 months (twenty-four sessions)
  • Approaches used: easy onsets, stretching, little H, reduced rate of speech, diaphragmatic breathing, CBT counseling, motivational interviewing and acceptance therapy

Therapy for Stuttering

This client set a personal goal to have his fluency reach the "within-normal-limits" range for a wedding speech. (Yes, he achieved it).

Outcomes: 

  • Through video footage of the wedding speech it was clearly demonstrated that the client controlled his stuttering to the level of normal fluency
  • Reduction in severity of stuttering disorder over six months following therapy 

Henry approached Well Said: Toronto Speech Clinic with the motivation to improve his fluency. He attended speech therapy in the past, but found the experience overly juvenile and he was hoping for a better experience with Well Said. Henry also had a specific target in mind for his fluency: he wanted to speak fluently at his wedding. 

An assessment of Henry's speech determined that at baseline Henry had a moderate stuttering disorder characterized by intermittent sound, syllable and word repetitions, prolongations, and 1-2 second blocks. 

Through systematic training of a reduced rate of speech, fluency facilitating tools, and counseling around the negative emotions associated with stuttering, Henry went on to give a brilliant wedding speech. 

After his wedding, Henry continued with monthly check-in appointments for four months where we troubleshoot his "worse stuttering days."  As a target, we empowered Henry to control his fluency through self-reflection, careful analysis, and education. 

*Names changed for confidentiality. 

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