Adolescent and Adult Services
County Speech is ready and able to help you out of what experts have referred to as “the stuttering thicket” (a tangled seemingly unsolvable maze). If you are interested enough to consult our website and are experiencing the debilitating social, educational and/or professional consequences of a fluency disorder, you know what we are talking about. You most likely talk fine in what we refer to as “low loading situations”. These situations consist of speaking events without pressure to be fluent, or when you may not even be thinking about “how you speak”; you are “just talking”, saying what you want to say, with your thoughts totally devoted to the message. On the other hand, your fluency breaks down under “high loading situations”; when you most want to be fluent and not display speech difficulties. For many victims of a fluency disorder, who are intelligent, highly capable individuals, trying to talk without getting stuck, without changing words, or using hopefully unnoticed tricks to hide the problems, becomes hopeless and impossible. The harder you try the worse it gets. You may end up feeling controlled by a mysterious and unknown enemy.
It has taken us many years and hundred of hours of therapy with adults and adolescents to learn that there is nothing wrong with your lungs, voice box, throat, tongue or neuro-muscular system. What’s going on has to do with your thoughts, attitudes and feelings about talking and how you approach speaking situation, manage your breaks in speech and your listeners’ actual or perceived reactions to your difficulties.
If you are unalteringly convinced that breathing exercises or learning to talk slower, faster, higher or lower will help you, don’t bother to call. If you would like us to join you in finding a way out of this stuttering thicket, contact us. It will be a rewarding and exciting journey for both of us!