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Ravings of a lunatic: Tactile speech feedback reduces stuttered speaking behaviors

One of my personal qualities, for better or worse, is an ability to see reality from a unique perspective.  (Or–a disability to see reality from the commonly accepted perspective.)  For about 10 years, I’ve known that feeling my thyroid cartilage vibrate while speaking helped reduce moments of overt stuttered speaking behaviors.  (In other words, feel your throat vibrate with your fingers while speaking…)  Some of my profs in school thought it was a dumb idea, but I knew it worked for me.  So when I consulted in our clinic, I would toss it out to some clients and see if it helped them.  It would.  So I did a small study on it, and found that it reduces stuttered speaking behaviors by about 72%.  Kind of a neat party-trick, but it can come in handy when reading credit card numbers or a name/address while on the telephone…

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  1. May 15th, 2009 at 11:04 | #1

    So, who’s the lunatic? You? Never! 🙂

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    Greg @ Stuttering.me Reply:

    The jury’s still out on that one 🙂

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  2. May 15th, 2009 at 12:20 | #2

    So if I put my fingers on my throat while I talk, I may reduce my stuttering?? If it works for me, this will come in handy for really important phone calls.

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    Greg @ Stuttering.me Reply:

    Well–I can send you the article if you want. It seemed to help all participants, but to varying degrees.

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