Stutterers should use positive visualizations and rehearsals to decrease the fear of stuttering that often triggers actual stuttering, suggests The Stuttering Foundation. People who stutter should also work on relaxing their chests, throats and jaws while speaking rather than making forced movements that could increase the chance of stuttering.
People who stutter often have justified fear of being in certain high-stress situations that caused them to stutter in the past, explains The Stuttering Foundation. Rather trying to confront those fears by repeating the same types of situations, stutterers should prepare themselves to face these situations to gain some reasonable confidence that they can speak without stuttering. They can do this by visualizing common scenarios that cause them to stutter and envision themselves speaking easily and with confidence. They should also practice being calm and speaking slowly with appropriate pauses between phrases.
In addition to these positive visualization techniques, people who stutter should also rehearse common conversations and phrases, according to The Stuttering Foundation. To practice difficult-to-say words, stutterers should practice by noticing the mouth movements necessary to speak, but only speaking at a whisper. As the exercises become easier, the person practicing should raise his voice to normal speaking levels.
Although people who stutter can start rehearsing these phrases alone, they should also enlist friends to help them practice with another person, notes The Stuttering Foundation. They should also rehearse keeping their body relaxed during interactions. Repeated rehearsals and hard work should decrease the chance of stuttering. When practicing their skills, people who stutter should practice in low-stakes situations, such as ordering coffee, where they have a reasonable expectation of speaking without stuttering. Then they can tackle more difficult scenarios, such as job interviews, with increased confidence.