I recently began avoidance reduction speech therapy and a few weeks ago, my SLP suggested that I write a letter to my stuttering. As a person who has been a covert stutterer for many years, he wanted me to start to form a relationship with my stuttering (hopefully not an adversarial one!) and felt that this would be a good first step.
As a psychologist, I could understand the merit of this exercise, but I have to be honest: I felt a little silly writing a letter to my stuttering.
Still, I ended up giving it a try.
My letter began: As you know, for many years I have tried to erase you from my life….
In a strange way, it felt like a letter to an estranged family member or friend. One you want to rebuild a relationship with. In my case: a better relationship with.
Have you ever written a letter to your stuttering, in speech therapy or on your own?
Even if you don’t want to write a letter to your stuttering, what kind of letter do you think you would write? Ransom note? Love sonnet? Hate mail?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Monday, October 17, 2016
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