Flexible Rate Demonstration
Here’s a video demonstration of a technique that is used in therapy for stuttering. It’s one of a handful of strategies, called “flexible rate”, that I will work on with clients. When I demonstrate this strategy here, I stretch out the vowel in the first syllable. I also like to work on having clients relax the muscles for speech on the first consonant sound too. See if you can pick out when I use a lighter touch, or more relaxed way of saying the first sound. Successfully using the technique is most helpful when you have developed a keen awareness of where you tend to have tension, and what you need to do to reduce it so that words flow more smoothly.