FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to stuttering and learning about this speech disorder, many times you might have a lot of questions. This page summarizes the most common questions that might be asked of stuttering and the Kill Your Stutter Program.
What is stuttering?
Although we commonly associate stuttering with repetition of the beginning syllable of a word, stuttering can actually mean many different things. It is a catch-all term for any disruption to a person’s speech (repetitions, but also elongating words and pauses/”blocks” between words). Stuttering can range in severity from a mild case that only affects a few words, to a case so severe it makes any oral communication difficult. However, nearly all cases can be improved, if not cured.
What causes stuttering?
The exact cause of stuttering is unknown. Many scientists believe that it is a genetic disorder and have actually isolated a couple of specific genes that they believe to be a big influence on stuttering. Many child psychologists believe that it is an involuntary tic developed over time (think Tourette’s), with the repetition of being an outlet for tension. Whatever the exact cause, stuttering is often a source of emotional distress for the sufferer, but, as you will see, speech pathology is something that can be done right at home.
I would like to use this method. Which software do I need to perform the exercises?
No specialized software is required. The only technical capability you need is to be able to write emails.
Will I be able to get rid of stuttering in the case that it is inherited, and many of my relatives are also stuttering?
The stuttering itself is not inherited – only the susceptibility to stuttering. Even if you have been stuttering for as long as you were speaking, you can still successfully apply the techniques in this program.
What can I do for my child who stutters?
Being a loved one to someone with a stutter, if you are not equipped with the skills to coach them yourself, is a very difficult position to be in. You have to helplessly watch your child struggle with the embarrassment, bullying, and even sometimes poor grades that can accompany this disorder, and the inexcusable lack of public information about stuttering. However, there are many techniques that work for people of any age because it doesn’t fall into any of the traditional pitfalls of speech therapy materials.
For example, it doesn’t rely on “speaking slower,” computer programs, or exercises made up by those who have not had the personal experience with and proximity to the disorder to know what they’re doing. Instead, I would start by tackling stuttering at the root.
For adult stutterers, but especially for child stutterers, the shame and fear that comes with stuttering creates a “positive feedback loop” where the stutter is, of course, more likely to happen. Stutterers get in the habit of speaking too quickly because they feel they have to “get the words out” in a short time window before the stutter takes over. Then, the stutter is more likely to happen because they are speaking so quickly. That is a positive feedback loop in itself, and not easy to undo unless you can recognize what’s actually going on behind the stutter.
In the end, the biggest thing you can do for them is be their number one supporter. It is obviously not easy. But if you and your child are determined, and with the right resources, training, and tools, you can both conquer this struggle together.
Are there any age restrictions to “Kill Your Stutter”?
The program is suitable for people of any age. There is no age limit – there are many people over 55, teenagers, or middle aged people who have used the method to overcome their stuttering.
What if a person who needs to improve the fluency of speech does not want to do it?
Unfortunately, there is hardly any way to overcome stuttering without one’s active and dedicated involvement. If the person wants to leave everything as is – it is her or his choice. They may later change their mind.
How much time do I need?
In order to overcome stuttering it seems like one would have to spend hours and hours using different techniques– but with Kill Your Stutter it will only take 10 minutes. Depending on the initial state of the disorder and how efficient you are in completing the exercises, you might only notice an improvement in your speech and not a full recovery.
If a person currently has strong stuttering, will he/she be able to become a professional speaker after the treatment?
Yes, but not overnight. The first significant milestone is being able to speak normally in everyday life, in non-stressful situations. This does not mean that the person cannot reach a higher level of speech fluency, yet this will depend on the determination. If speech is the “weaker spot”, it can definitely be enhanced by speaking as much as possible and not avoiding more difficult situations (e.g. public speeches).
An analogy can be drawn with surgery: in the case of a torn ligament, the surgeon can only guarantee that the ligament will be sewn back together, yet how much load will it be able to handle depends on the person’s perseverance.
Just remember that different professional activities have specific requirements regarding speech fluency; some occupations, like TV host or air traffic controller, demand perfect fluency.
I’m thinking of trying out your method, but I’m not sure. What if this program is a scam?
The Kill Your Stutter program is not unique in this sense; any Internet-based project faces a degree of mistrust initially. We cannot remove the mistrust completely, yet what we can guarantee is that you will see a noticeable difference in your speech if you use the program correctly.
We know that the program produces results and so do the people who have already overcome their stuttering by using it.