From puberty to around age forty, I was a suffering stutterer. Unless you knew me then, you haven’t known me as a stutterer. In fact, by age thirty, I had become very good at hiding it from most. The irony is that, pre-teens, I spoke exceptionally well, but, after one ghastly reading-aloud instance at school, […]
Those Who Have Stopped Stuttering
Surveys show that people fear public speaking more than death.
THE SPEECH HALL OF FAME
Established in 2017
The longstanding view of the medical community has been that stuttering is “an incurable disease”. Ignoring the word “cure”, SAA is demonstrating in spades, via new Success Stories every month, that it IS possible to stop stuttering and to eliminate the appearance of speech disabilities – by those whose minds are open to the possibility and who are willing to work at it assiduously as long as is required, which is several months in the typical case.
It is important to note that there is a difference between stopping stuttering and the appearance of a speech disability AND fears of those conditions. Fears are very stubborn; they will fade, ever so gradually, over time. Fears do not necessitate the appearance of a speech disability. This is what SAA and its Success Stories are demonstrating, over and over, one-by-one, from PWS from all over the world. When a PWS has not stuttered or had visible signs of a speech disability for one month or more (in the opinions of the PWS and his/her SAA coach), the PWS is invited to join SAA’s Speech Hall of Fame. The PWS and SAA then agree on the wording of the Success Story, and it is published, the inducting the PWS into SAA’s Speech Hall of Fame.
As many of the SAA’s Inductees wish to protect their privacy and some even wish to remain anonymous, and their positive Success Stories are not published here. For those that are published here, their last names are not used (except for SAA Founders), and no contact information is given. Regardless, many PWSS are willing to do Skype sessions with PWS; so, if you are being Skype-coached by SAA, you may be able to talk to the PWSS of your choice. As such, below, you will find a partial list of those who stopped stuttering by using the methods in Lee’s book and by Skyping with an SAA coach. This partial list of Success Stories of the Inductees to SAA’s Speech Hall of Fame appears below.
My name is Prathusha Ravi. I was born and raised in India; Mumbai is the closest big city to me. My languages are Tamil (an Indian dialect) and English. I’m 22, single and I work for company that specializes in doing computer work for the Bank of Montreal. I began stuttering around age six. As […]
I am thrilled to be able to say that Lee’s book led to my self-cure. My name is Michael; I am 50, live in Texas, and work as a senior leader for major oil & gas company managing a large global team. Although I have a successful career, it has been inhibited by stuttering. As […]
I will soon graduate from medical school, and I have a richly rewarding story to tell about my lifelong stuttering. I began stuttering at age 4. I have suffered hesitations followed by extreme blocks and nagging repetitions, all compounded by facial distortions, mouth-jerking, gyrations of my eyebrows and excessive blinking. The physical contortions were even […]
Preface by SAA: For many different reasons, there are many PWS who prefer to remain anonymous. They appear on Facebook and elsewhere online under pseudonyms and post artwork or nothing in lieu of their pictures. SAA respects their wish for privacy. The story below, of Soraia Zalin, is about one such PWS. It is her […]
My name is Josh Zello. I’m 23, and I live in San Antonio, Texas. I have been a severe stutterer, under pressure, stuttering on every word on bad days, since age 3. By profession, I teach the Christian Bible to approximately 1,000 children, and I’m studying to be a minister. About a year ago, in […]
My name is Cindy. I am 26. I am a financial analyst living in Los Angeles, where I am required to do lots of stressful phone work and business presentations. I have stuttered since 1st grade, and, in some cases, on 75% of my words. I have now learned many ways to avoid those stutters, […]
My name Is Zhenhua (Johnson) Sun; I was born and raised in China; I’ve been a severe stutterer since age 3. I came to the U.S. two years ago to work on my Master’s Degree. Three months later, with enormous pressure in a foreign country, I found I couldn’t talk at all. After communicating with […]
My name is Jason Ewing, and this is my story about stuttering. I’m not a writer, but these are my thoughts as spoken to Lee, and I edited the written words, and I approve them as they are written below. I’m 42, married with two children, and live in Bardstown, Kentucky. I work in a […]
Stuttering has always been a big part of my life. You might say that it’s been the predominant thought of my life, until now. I can remember when it took hold of me; I was six. It always hurt the most in school, when I was asked to say something in class, my name or […]
My name is Ricky Singh; I’m 28, single, a Hindu born in India, now residing in New Delhi. I work as a computer programmer. I have been stuttering since age 3. It has been an ugly and a very heavy cross to carry. I had several therapies in the past. While some of these have […]
My name is Gopes Niraula. I was born and raised in Nepal and Nepali and English are my primary languages. I’m 42, married and have two children. For the past ten years, I have lived in Washington, D.C. By profession, I am an IT systems’ analyst. I began stuttering with my first words as an […]
Hrithik Roshan, who is among the most famous Indian actors, offers another, well-known example of a self-cure of stuttering. While Mr. Roshan has not worked with SAA, he has used and uses one of the regimens that SAA recommends: Reading aloud. In 2011, Mr. Roshan publicly disclosed that he has long had a stuttering problem […]
I have struggled with stuttering most of my life. I thought that I would outgrow it, but I didn’t. Sometimes, I blocked completely, causing severe anxiety and depression. I have craved for days, hours and minutes when I did not stutter– and when I did not FEAR stuttering. It consumed my thoughts and me. After […]
My name is Tim. I’m 28, was born in France and live in Singapore. I hold a Master’s degree in Computer Science and work in finance. I began stuttering at age 4 and I characterized my stutter problem as “mild” because I don’t stutter with some of my friends. I met with speech therapists when […]
My name is Andrew. I’m 39, married and have two children. I am a native Canadian and live in Toronto and work in equity research for a bank. I majored in computer science at university. I have had problems with my speech for as long as I can remember. I guess you can call me […]
My name is Thomas. I live in New Zealand but I was born and raised in India. I’m 27 and Malayalam (an Indian dialect) is my first language, and this is this is the story of my life battle with stuttering. It was like a nightmare. It began when I entered school, at age six. […]
My name is Jay, and I’m from Los Angeles. I’m 36, married with a daughter. I work for CBS TV in the financial department, where I manage a group of financial analysts. I hold a B.A. and a MBA in finance. My first memory of stuttering was at the age seven in school. When asked […]
My name is Oumaima; I am 24. I live in Morocco, and Arabic is my first language. I am in my sixth year of medical school. I began stuttering at age six, and it was pretty severe, even 100% under pressure. I have had various therapies, mainly related to breathing, but they weren’t much help. […]
My name is Deven and I am 27 living in Texas. I am an accountant at an oil company. I began stuttering in the first grade. The teacher used to make us read aloud to the class. I was nervous and stuttered and everyone had a good laugh. The more that I stuttered, the more […]
My name is Nick. I’m 30 and I live in Canada, where I am a biologist. I have stuttered since age 3. I guess that I had a “medium” stutter, but it was bad enough to cause me incredible embarrassments and pain in school and social situations for most of the last 27 years. As […]
My name is Ivan Andreevich. I am 18 and live in a rural area of Russia. Russian is my first language; so, this is my story as I told it to Lee. Since age three, I have suffered severe blocks, stutters and hesitations on 80% of my words under pressure. I have never had any […]
My name is “C J” , I’m 28 years old, and I live in Kentucky. I graduated college in 2011 and have a Bachelors in Psychology. My first memories of stuttering are from age 5, when I was pulled out of kindergarten class for speech therapy. I didn’t really know what was happening, I just […]
I began stuttering at age 5. I ranged from mild to severe with blocks that sometimes kept me from speaking at all. I am 23 years old now, and I live in Jakarta, Indonesia. I don’t really like to talk about my problems with strangers, and I don’t feel comfortable yet putting my name and […]