for Maximizing Fluency Enhancing Benefits
derived from this device is dependent on the auditory signal that is received
by the user. For this reason certain strategies may be implemented in
order get maximum fluency enhancement.
pay attention to the auditory signal coming through the device. This
is imperative. It is a fluency enhancing second speech signal and paying
attention to it enhances the effects. After a few days of continued use,
this process becomes relatively automatic as your brain adjusts; i.e.,
listen to your own speech with the aided ear and listen to everything
else with your unaided ear.
* Use the vowels. It is the vowel sounds that provide the fluency
enhancing effects of the second speech signal. Stretch out a few vowels
on any words that you say. By stretching out a few vowel sounds, you create
the necessary stuttering inhibition that is enhanced by the auditory signal
to continue effortlessly with fluent speech.
* Warm up to the signal. When you put the device in your ear in
the morning start by producing a few extended vowel sounds. This will
'prime' your system and get you ready for the days speaking tasks. By
doing this you will begin the process of inhibiting the stuttering in
your brain. When you actually begin speaking, your system will be primed
and fluent speech will be more easily produced.
* Read Aloud. We highly recommend that you read aloud using the
"uh". Every time you naturally stop to take in a breath during
speech, start speaking again using the "uh". Do this for at
least ten minutes in the morning and again at night. You may be fluent
when you read aloud to yourself anyway, but this is irrelevant. This simple
exercise can lead to a continuing improvement in your conversational speech.
Anticipation. The SpeechEasy can significantly enhance your
fluency, but thoughts and feelings of expecting to stutter may linger
for a while. For years you may have expected to stutter every time you
spoke, but with an ongoing improvement in fluency this will change. In
the early stages of adjusting to the SpeechEasy, many users state
that they expect to stutter on a word and are surprised they do not. By
using the "uh" between utterances as described in the Warm-up
section above, you might find it beneficial to also use a little "uh"
before a word you think you will stutter on. Experiment to determine if
you really need to do this - or to determine the degree to which you may
need to do it. The signal from the SpeechEasy and the routine application
of the "uh" may be sufficient for you. However, you may want
or need to use an extra "uh" before saying an especially difficult
word. Focus on the "uh" as you blend into the word, not on the
* Practice during difficult situations. The device is meant for
use in all situations. However, for people who stutter some situations
are obviously more difficult than others. Instead of worrying about stuttering,
practice using the above techniques. As you become more proficient using
them and encounter more success while speaking, the process will become
easier and easier.
* Experience the process. Even though your experience in the office
and when you use the SpeechEasy was/is quite an event, you will
be going through a process of adjustment on several fronts. Getting used
to the signal in your ear, gradually taking on more challenging speaking
situations, and learning how to work with the SpeechEasy will take
a little time. Be patient and pace yourself during this process.
Enjoy your fluency. Don't be concerned about 'adapting' to the
signal. No adaptation occurs while using choral speech and the effects
from the device are an emulation of choral speech. In fact, don't be surprised
if you learn to 'accommodate' the signal and it becomes easier and easier