What and Who Is SAA?
SAA is a charitable organization, with offices in Bermuda, that was formed by a group of PWS who eliminated virtually all outward signs of stuttering, who banded together to help PWS become not detectable as PWS by strangers (at no cost to the PWS).
SAA has modeled itself after Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which was formed in the U.S. in the 1930’s by alcoholics who had self-cured. No doctor or substance-abuse professional can hope to understand the depths of alcohol as does an alcoholic. So, AA was created for purpose of providing counseling by ex-alcoholics to alcoholics. AA holds DAILY meetings in every country of any size throughout the world, and tens of millions of alcoholics attend those meetings every day, and hear other alcoholics explain how they self-cured, or their progress in doing so, and these self-cured alcoholics counsel others at these meetings and make themselves available (between daily meetings) for phone, Skype and other forms of contact by sufferers. In the process, AA has proven to be an instrument for good of divine proportions.
SAA now seeks to emulate AA’s so admirable example by offering a place where non-detectable PWS can provide counseling to PWS. SAA supports the work of professional speech therapists, and SAA’s counseling is not necessarily a substitute for therapy by a professional speech therapist, any more than AA is a substitute for the assistance of medical professionals. The two are NOT mutually exclusive. As AA now aids tens of millions of alcoholics every day of every year, SAA dares to hope that, someday, it can aid hundreds, thousands or even millions of PWS around the world.
As Confucius said, “The longest journey begins with the first step,” and that is, of course, where SAA must begin. As of May 2017, SAA is only counseling 10-20 PWS weekly in Skype sessions plus some dozens of others via emails, but it is a start, however humble. As the actor James Dean once said, “Live as if you’ll die tomorrow, but dream as if you’ll live forever.” SAA is comprised of those who have big hopes and Gothic-Sized dreams of ways to help many PWS self-cure, but, if SAA can only help ONE more PWS self-cure, SAA’s efforts will not have gone in vain! As said the philosopher-poet, Alexander Pope, “Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” In that spirit, we must try; we must do our best FOR ALL!
SAA’s Goals for You
- Pass SAA’s Self-Cure Test (SCT): Stuttering Not Detectable by Strangers (in 10-12 Skype sessions)
- Become the best speaker in your peer group (target 1 year after Self-Cure (SCT))
- You help at least one PWS pass the SCT (target 1 year after 2)
- You can say, “Stuttering was the greatest blessing of my life” (target 1 year after 3)
How You Achieve Those Goals
The 2nd Edition of Lee’s book, “Stuttering & Anxiety Self-Cures: What 100+ PWS Taught Me,” contains over 300 pages of methods and explanations that cannot fairly be summarized here, but, to oversimplify them, they are broken into SAA’s “three-legged stool”:
- Reading aloud typically an hour a day – to replace Stuttering Memories (SMs) with Fluency Memories (FMs) and to teach yourself to think message NOT words and to make a habit of concentrating on speaking with passion
- Auto Suggestions/Self-Hypnosis, three 20-minute sessions daily – to train your mind to think what you want it to think about your speech — and your life.
- Use Crutches – to minimize creation of SMs during the healing process and to prevent relapses.
Optional Real-Time Coaching
SAA’s “coaches” are NOT trained in speech-therapy or medicine; they are PWS who have reduced their stuttering to a non-detectable level (and they call themselves “PWSC”, people who self-cured, or “PWMS”, people who manage stuttering) of varied cultures and from all over the world. SAA can NOT guarantee to provide a coach for every PWS, but SAA hopes to do so, and, so far, no PWS has been denied coaching. SAA’s Coaches make their time available at no charge to any PWS. SAA tries to match PWS with a Coach as close geographically and culturally as is possible. Initially, SAA recommends a weekly one-hour Skype session. SAA expects noticeable progress by the PWS every week. If none is made, the Coach may ask to have a different Coach assigned to that PWS. After 8-12 Skype sessions, SAA expects the PWS to be able to pass SAA’s Self-Cure Teset. If this isn’t achieved, SAA may change Coaches yet again. Skype sessions can then be reduced progressively to bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly and then discontinued, as the PWS wishes. Goals 2, 3, and 4 typically take considerably longer, as noted above, but can be achieved, in many cases, without continued Coaching. In summary, SAA Coaches are available as an option to PWS at no cost. In most cases, SAA believes that coaching will help the PWS apply SAA’s methods and regimes more successfully and faster. SAA Founders find that their own speech improves by coaching other PWS, and that complete self-healing is elevated by helping others.
How SAA Operates?
SAA is fledgling, charitable organization, literally having just been formed by a handful of people who have self-cured their stuttering (PWSC). (Their “stories” either are, or soon will be, summarized on SAA’s website.) SAA’s website and other costs are funded entirely by its Founders. SAA has not yet registered as a charitable organization, as it will NOT accept donations from any non-founder. In addition to being funded by its Founders, SAA is managed by its Founders. Lee G. Lovett, the author of “Stuttering & Anxiety Self-Cures: What 100+ PWS Taught Me” (on Amazon), was the first Founder and serves as Chairman of SAA at this time. SAA’s Founders “meet” on Skype, as needed, to exchange ideas and fix policies, primarily about Coaching and ways to improve their free services to PWS.
What SAA Has Achieved to Date
As SAA was just formed, its “history” is nothing more than the efforts of its Founders, individually. To date, the Founders have been conceptualizing SAA itself and working on this website. As to self-cures, SAA, through its initial Founder, identifies seven self-cures, and six of these were accomplished between late 2016, when SAA’s Chairman began Skyping with readers, and the present. Other PWS have written that they have self-cured by simply reading and applying the methods in Lee’s book, but SAA has no way of validating them. As SAA was just formed, to date, only SAA’s Chairman has been Skyping with readers. SAA hopes that its other Founders will be Coaching by year-end 2017. As SAA’s website and free services become known, SAA hopes that the demand for SAA Coaches will grow substantially. Every PWS, who self-cures via SAA, is a potential Coach. SAA is now drafting manuals for its Coaches.