I have been going to speech therapy since August of 2012. When I first started going to speech therapy I was tested to see what I needed to improve and what skills I was lacking so I could be a better communicator. I needed to perform different types of tests so that my speech therapist could see the areas that I needed to improve. After the tests, my speech therapist prepared a written report about the parts of my communication needing work. Once the report was completed, my mom came to the session so she could meet my speech therapist – to understand what was going to be involved during speech therapy. I am very lucky to have such an incredible speech therapist that cares so much and that teaches me new strategies.
It is important to learn different strategies in speech when dealing with stuttering such as easy onsets, slide-outs, and using a soft voice. These strategies help me when I feel that I stutter and especially when I feel I am tense. There are many other strategies that I have learned but the ones that I mentioned above for me and I use them the most. Using “MyLynel” helped too because it allowed me to listen to my voice and even to my speech therapist voice when she recorded words or sentences on it. “MyLynel” is an application that can be used on the iPhones or iPods to help people who stutter.
I went to the National Stuttering Association’s Washington D.C. Conference in July 2014. There were amazing sessions that my speech therapist and I went to together, and she carried out the therapy – I am focusing on one of these techniques with my speech therapist. Each week we work in the categories of low, medium, and high and I do assignments. If I stutter it is for sure okay because my speech therapist does not want me to hide my stuttering. My amazing speech therapist is so helpful and is always there. She is always there for me! I do not give up when this technique is challenging for me at times.
Going to speech therapy and having such an incredible speech therapist is improving my self-esteem. Without my speech therapist it is difficult because stuttering is challenging and not many people understand what it is. I feel that having such a great speech therapist helps a lot. I would not know what to do without my speech therapist, she constantly helps me to get where I need to be. It takes a lot of work and practice and it does not happen overnight. Without her I wouldn’t have gone to speech therapy to get the help that I need. I love going to see her because she is there for me; she listens and is a good listener. It is important for a client to have a good relationship with their speech therapist, otherwise, it will be difficult in the long run to go to speech therapy and to want to go further in life with talking. It is so important to find the right speech therapist and to have someone like mine who cares and is always there for their clients.
I would like to say thank you to my wonderful speech therapist whose name is Nancy!
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