To Stop Stuttering: Turn On Your Voice For Easy Speaking
As A Person Who Stutters… Did You Know?
One of the main distinguishing factors between fluent speech and stuttered speech is that the voice for fluent speaking is always on. This means that your vocal cords continuously vibrate so that you can speak fluently and with ease.
For a Person Who Stutters, though, the voice turns on and off while speaking. This inconsistent vibration of the vocal cords is one of the main contributors to stuttered speech.
The only way that speaking can be fluent, is to let your voice vibrate constantly while speaking.
To Keep Your Voice Buzzing is Effortless… REALLY!
Let’s look at how the voice is made. Your vocal cords are in your larynx or voice box in your throat. The thin strips of tissue of the vocal cords open and close easily for specific purposes. For example, they stay closed when you are eating, so that food doesn’t go into your lungs.
When you want to speak, though, the air from your lungs easily passes up though the vocal cords causing them to vibrate. As they vibrate and you simultaneously form the sounds of the words you want to say with your mouth, your thoughts become speech.
When your voice continues to buzz as a result of the vibration of your vocal cords, you’ll easily produce sounds and syllables. There will be no tension or tightness in your throat. You won’t ‘force words out’, become stuck or blocked, run out of air when talking and your face, throat and chest muscles will be relaxed.
Imagine your voice as the power or engine for speech production. As long as your vocal cords are vibrating, you’ll have all the power you need to speak, saying whatever you want. In essence, your buzzing voice is ready to receive thoughts from your brain and provide the stream of air for your mouth and tongue to shape into words.
Finding Your Voice – What It Will Do For You
Effortless speech production
Discovering what it feels like to speak easily, without struggle, releases tension within your whole body and mind.
- Mindstorms creating overwhelm are gone;
- There’s no more exhausting tension within your face, neck, chest, shoulders;
- You’ll eliminate the worry, planning and rehearsing of what to say;
- You’ll have the confidence to comment and add to any conversation or to even start a conversation at will.
Finding your voice will make speech production easy.
Plug into your natural speech production system
When you are connected to and using your natural speech production system, it feels comfortable and simple. Now, it might feel strange at first, because it creates such a freedom to communicate, unlike what you’ve known before. You’ll know that you are using your speech system naturally when you feel this difference. This is the beginning of trusting that speaking can be pleasurable and effortless. You’ll experience the natural flow of your thoughts instantly becoming speech as your voice is engaged.
Finding your voice connects you to the speech system that you already have.
Create color in your voice
Your voice is designed to mirror the words you say, your meaning and intent behind those words. Your voice can modify intonation, stress and rhythm. These features add to what you are saying, allowing you to clearly express your thoughts and personality.
Finding your voice highlights your personality, making it stand out.
Free your mind to focus on your thoughts
When you experience the ease of voicing and how it supports speech production, you’ll untether your mind, freeing it to explore thoughts, ideas and concepts. Here, higher level thinking skills will blossom, because you’ll be able to concentrate on thinking and express those thoughts. Thinking and speaking go together, supporting each other. Thinking without being able to express your thoughts leads to frustration and low self-esteem.
Finding your voice provides a direct link to expressing your thoughts.
Here is an exercise to help you begin developing your voice.
Develop Your Skill To Voice
To begin using your voice:
- Simply say the ‘aaaahhhh’ sound out loud.
- Say this sound for a few seconds.
- Repeat saying the ‘aaaahhhh’ sound again paying attention to the vibration in your throat.
- Notice the vibration in your voice box, how the sound feels, how steady it is, how easy it is to produce.
- Now say the ‘aaaahhhh’ sound again and keep the sound going for 10 seconds.
- Now say the ‘aaaahhhh’ sound while you run your finger around the outside of your computer. Keep your voice going the whole time.
- Play with your voice as it is vibrating – make it louder, softer, higher and lower. Then express different moods, just with your voice, e.g. happy, sad, angry, stern, questioning etc. Create the sound of different moods just with a sound, like ‘e-e-e-’ or ‘oh-oh-oh’ or ‘ay-ay-ay’.
Because it’s critical for your voice to steadily vibrate, movement of the vocal folds will be natural, easy and automatic. Practicing this exercise will increase your comfort with how your voice feels and sounds.
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