Barbara Dahm gave a very interesting video entitled ‘Making Therapy a Successful Experience’.
I interpreted her video to say that speaking should be automatic, but that we who stutter spend more time in our conscious mind preparing and thinking about our words. Also, with therapy we learn ways to reduce blocks in number and intensity etc. Again use of conscious mind to produce sounds and words.
I know that my goal is better communication day by day. I love just opening my mouth and talking without any consideration of stuttering or fluency. This fits in with Barbara’s idea that I am letting language / voice / mouth happen automatically.
My understanding of our bodies automatic processes (breathing, walking etc) are that these happen in our unconscious minds. I believe that repetition of actions can change our ‘programming’ so that we can use our unconscious minds more, if we choose to do so. This leads me to the conclusion that we PWS can retrain ourselves to relearn use of automatic production of language / voice / mouth.
We could say that as regards speaking, PWS are like anyone learning to drive a car. Everything is done with the conscious mind and takes so much time and effort. But the more it is done and experience gained action after action is taken over by our unconscious mind so our conscious mind is less involved in many aspects of driving a car.
Humans communicate using both the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind. PWS need to learn to use the unconscious part much more.
Do you agree with any / all of the above? What are your thoughts about this? Should therapy be amended to include finding ways to get onto automatic language production?
I hope you all have a very good conference.
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