Before we can take treatment to the next level, however, we must confirm that the stutterer does indeed have a spoken-language proprioception deficiency before attemptimg to eliminate stuttering through retraining.
It would be a waste of time to insist that everyone who stutters would benefit from this retraining any more than it would have been considered sane in the 1800’s to agree to a dubious painful and dangerous surgery on the tongue in order to cure stuttering.A simple self-administered test could possibly be an indication of stuttering due to a faulty spoken-language proprioceptive sense. One must be certain first, however, that neurological proprioception is normal in other parts of the body.
Normal motor responses would be evidenced by the ability to: 1. look at an object on a table and then Pick it up after closing the eyes, 2. Touch the tips of the index fingers above the head, or, 3. Stand with good balance with the eyes shut without using the hands for support.
Before this test can be reliably used with confidence, however, more work needs to be done to perfect it.
This, then, is the simple self-administered test you can use to determine if you have a faulty spoken-language proprioceptive sense.
Find a paragraph from a newspaper or magazine which has the kind of words that give you the most trouble with stuttering. First, speed-read the paragraph in your head without speaking or moving your mouth or lips. Of course, you will understand what you just read, and you could explain it to someone else.
Read the same paragraph again, but this time move your lips or mouth as you read, but do not read out loud. Remain completely silent. What happened when you read silently while moving only your lips?
When non-stutterers take this test, they can hear the sound of the words in their heads just as if they had read the words aloud without any stuttering.
On the other hand, you probably have a spoken-language proprioception deficiency if the pronunciation you hear in your head has any kind of stuttering or any part of your mouth silently stutters.
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