Some PWS define “cure” as “zero stuttering and zero fears of stuttering for life”. While SAA aspires to that lofty goal, it has never defined “cure” that way nor has it claimed that its methods will “cure” 100%: i.e., to produce “perfect speech”, as perfection does not exist on this terrestrial ball, in speech or anything else. Some PWS are content to “manage” their speech and are accepting of some stuttering (which is fine for them) but they will continue to be identified as PWS. SAA has set the bar higher. SAA aspires to show PWS methods that will eliminate the appearance of stuttering; that is, when strangers no longer identify the PWS as a stutter, the PWS has become a PWSC (person who has self-cured). There may well be some fears of stuttering and even some stuttering (in some cases) , BUT not sufficient to identify the PWSC as having a speech disability. As such, SAA believes that PWS can do more than “manage” or reduce stuttering; most PWS can eliminate enough of it to become an undetectable stutter, and that is the threshold level of self-cure to which SAA refers. (Those PWS, who do not believe stuttering can be cured, may seek only to reduce or “manage” their stuttering, and, thus, prefer to call themselves PWMS, people who manage stuttering.) In SAA’s experience, over time, whatever residue of stuttering, and stuttering-fears remain in an PWSC, can be eliminated to all appearances by most diligent appliers of SAA’s methods.
SAA’s higher goals for curing notwithstanding, SAA welcomes, and will do its best to help, those who wish only to “manage” or reduce their stuttering, as well as those who wish to self-cure (as SAA defines it).
On p. 1 of Lee’s book, in “Author’s Confession”, he states, “I am a stutterer and I shall surely die a stutterer, because the satanic fears of stuttering still come and go . . . BUT, NO ONE can catch me stuttering.” Similarly, SAA’s reasonable and repeatedly proven goal is: “to not be detectable as a stutterer by strangers.” This IS the goal of most PWS who come to SAA, and SAA’s methods DO produce that result in most cases. Regardless, to some this is not a 100% cure, if “cure” is defined as “zero stuttering ever and zero fear of stuttering forever”, but it IS what SAA’s means when it uses the word “cure”. Even SAA’s initial Founder, Lee Lovett, refers to himself as “99% Stutter-Free Lee”, because he admits that he does have occasional stutter-fears or stutter-stumbles to this day, BUT, by using the Crutches, he avoids being caught by anyone in the act of stuttering. Again, to Lee and to most of SAA’s followers, this constitute a “self-cure” – at least by SAA’s definition, and, once again, SAA refers to same as “PWSC” (People Who Self-Cured).
Those who do not wish to “cure” but, rather, to manage or reduce their stuttering but still allow themselves to be identified as PWS, are referred to SAA’s webstie as “PWMS” (People Who Manage Stuttering). All PWS are accepted and welcome here with open arms.
In any event, SAA is engaged in a “War against Stuttering”. SAA’s goal is NOT to win or even to engage in a War of Semantics about Stuttering. SAA’s goal, again, is to help PWS improve their speech to whatever maximum extent is possible for each PWS – be it a 90% or 75% or 99% or even only a 50% “cure” (as defined by each PWS individually as it applies to them). SAA continues believe that its methods will eliminate from 90-99% of stuttering, if applied diligently by most PWS. SAA hopes that 100% can be achieved by some (if it is not defined as extra-terrestrial “perfection”).
Throughout its website, SAA will use its term “self-cure”, DEFINED AS SAA DEFINES IT, and invites PWS to characterize themselves as “PWSC” (People Who Self-Cured) OR “PWMS” (People Who Manage Stuttering) as best fits their view and definition of the word “cure”. As such, SAA will use either or both acronyms (its preferred PWSC for “believers” and PWMS for partial or non-believers) throughout the site. Whichever “shoe” fits you, dear reader, is the one that you should wear, but, for heaven’s sake, don’t fault others for having contrary goals or disparate opinions. Let us embrace all of our brothers and respect their desire to improve themselves to the maximum of their respective abilities.
Those, who resolutely hold that “there is no cure for stuttering”, will, of course, NEVER find a cure, likely by anyone’s definition. Those, who believe that a cure (by their definition or SAA’s undectability standard) is possible, WILL generally find one via the methods used by SAA or others. SAA’s Founders and many others are achieving that every single month!!!
Surely, all readers of this website share a common goal: To reduce the inscrutable pains that public-stuttering so often brings upon PWS. We urge all readers to stay focused on that goal and not to belabor semantics: “I am right; you are wrong”. It simply doesn’t matter who is “right”, if there even is a “right”. All that matters is how much we can help each other find paths to happier lives. PLEASE read this website with this in mind. It is all that SAA wants for you!!! So, where the word “cure” appears, IF it offends you, mentally substitute “manage stuttering” (and vice versa). Let’s simply work together to help each of us obliterate (or mitigate to the max) Satan Stuttering and not grade each other’s progress or lack of it.