Stammer Reduction

It has been recognised for many years that people who stutter or stammer can speak fluently when their auditory feedback is blocked so they cannot hear themselves talking. So for example a stammerer will speak fluently if they do so when they are listening to music through headphones as per 'The Kings Speech'. However, it is not fully understood why this is so, says neuroscientist Dr Paul Sowman from Macquarie University.

Auditory feedback is vital in normally fluent speech — giving speakers constant feedback on how their speech is going and allowing them to correct errors both in language and speech, says Sowman."If you block auditory feedback in a stutterer, anything that masks what is coming through their ears, you can temporarily induce fluency," Sowman says."But this is only temporary. You could not function properly with a constant loud noise in your ears. While it would allow you to speak you wouldn't be able to hear what anyone else was saying."

The King's Speech tells the story of how King George VI (played by Colin Firth) used techniques devised by an Australian speech pathologist to overcome his stutter.

Most experts believe stuttering is a developmental disorder, however at Free Your Voice we believe God is bigger than that. Recently we have tried a number of cases t see if clients could give a speech without the head phones and without a stutter or stammer.

On one recent case a client that we have worked with had initially failed to say their own name, pronounce any words beginning with P,M,T,S or F let alone make a speech. After a single 2 hour session the client attended a group work shop and delivered a faultless speech with over 20 words all of which she had failed to say in a 1 to 1 session.

We believe that stuttering and stammering is something that can be eliminated through changed behaviours and a changed belief system. God did not create us to have fear of speech.

If you would like us to work with you to help you reduce your stammer in public, please do give us a call for a free and informal chat on 07917 858917 or alternatively email us on