When I was in high school, almost every other word was a block. I figured out how to “avoid” some blocks, but with oral presentations and after school activities, “avoiding” grew more difficult.
I shared with my mom that I need to get some help because my suffering was too much for me to handle. My parents were didn’t have a clue about stuttering. The best they could advise me was to encourage me to get a job so I could pay a professional to help me. With that guidance, I relied on my friends to make the calls from folks in the yellow pages – yes the Internet was not user-friendly yet. The best we could come up with a “vocal coach.” I landed a first appointment with the wife of a deceased vocal coach. Her partner had died and she took over this practice.
So there I went weekly at $50 per visit learning how to project my voice using prolongations and soft sounds – this was my introduction into speech therapy.
If you were in my situation – what would you do?
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