May 26, 2013

New information..

I just heard this podcast and felt as if stuttering community has taken a leap in the outer space: Here is a SLP who is taking apart onion skins of a popular myth, a white-collar scam - and in the process, must be making many enemies in the speech care "industry". BUT, in the process, he is serving us, the global stammering community immensely.
Bravo! Please listen to it and whatever money you had ear-marked for TISA (or for that wonderful therapist who promises cure on his glitzy website), donate it to them instead:
Listen Here

I began to see the deeper significance of this issue, when I received an email from Mr Upendra (not his name) from Gujrat (not his state) few days back:

Dear sir

My name is Upendra .I belong state Gujrat.sir I am very confused.
Sir maine 20 saal pahle speech therephy li thi aur mai thik ho gaya tha.mai stammering ko bilkul bhul chuka tha.lekin last 3 month se stammering hone lagi to mai state mp mai maiher city se bouncing tec.therephy lekar aaya hun.bouncing tec.speech chor dene se stammering increase hone lag gayee to mai vapas speech therephy lene amer jpr jane ki soch raha hun.sir so very compused ki vapas pulangation speech method le ya bouncing tec.method le esaliye sir plz adivise me and help me

Sir maine aap ke email read kiya usame ek hi bat clear ki gayee hai ki 99% bad habit aur 1% medical problem.lekin sir mere case mai esa kyon nahi hai.so plz reply me
Regards
Upendra
I advised him to go back to his last therapist and practice more Prolongation.
Dear sir
mai 20 saal se thik to tha lekin sir jo khulapan chahiye vo nahi mil paya.
I offered him the upcoming 3 day free Comm WS but he was not interested. So, I suggested that since prolongation has worked for him in the past, he should give it another try. He wrote:

Dear dr sachin ji

99% bad habit hoti hai to phir mere case mai esa kyon huwa ki jo 20 saal se bad habit ko bhul chuka tha phir aaj ye wapas stammering mai kaise badal gayee...
I think, you are able to see the big picture: Upendra is very unhappy, confused and upset; he is a victim of therapists who believe in giving "Hope" - in preference to the facts and practical good sense. He would have done so much better in life, If his therapists had emphasised Communication skills OVER Fluency- Fluency, which is really not in Therapists' hand to offer to any pws.. 

Let me know what you think about this issue which has affected so many of us- though most of us prefer to forget the whole thing and carry on with life..

4 comments:

Amitsingh Kushwah said...

सचिन सर धन्यवाद! बहुत ही सुन्दर और सटीक जानकारी आपने दी है। भारत में आज भी स्पीच थैरेपिस्ट रूम के अन्दर प्रैक्टिस और सिर्फ एक ही तकनीक का घंटों घर पर अभ्यास करने की हिदायत देते हैं। मैं कई प्रोफेशनल थैरेपिस्ट के पास गया और आज कई स्पीच थैरेपिस्ट से मेरी मित्रता है, पर उनके पास हकलाहट का कोई संतोषजनक समाधान नहीं है। मैंने टीसा से जुड़ने के बाद ही हकलाहट की स्वीकार्यता और संचार कौशल, स्वयं सहायता समूह को अपनाया। आज मैं किसी भी स्पीच थैरेपिस्ट के बिना अपनी हकलाहट को नियंत्रित करने और कम्यूनिकेशन स्किल पर कार्य कर रहा हू। जबकि स्पीच थैरेपिस्ट सिर्फ धाराप्रवाह बोलना सिखाने का वादा तो करते है, लेकिन उस पर खरे नहीं उतरते।

sachin said...

Thanks Amit! As long as, we, the consumers dont become aware and assertive things will remain like this. In fact, many people think that it is wrong to believe that stammering is a speech disorder, just because it comes out of mouth! A trained counselor (psychologist) or a Communication expert can help a pws better and holistically. Finally, it is self help groups, which help in the long run and in a consistent way.. This is what TISA is trying to do..

lalit said...

ya i have similar incidence as upendra ...i took speech therapy long back in 2002 from amer jaipur... my therapist told me to speak in singing way (changed form of prolongation). i practiced this for more than 1 year with daily practice of 1 hour..i spoke in this way for more than one year..result i never stuck in any word and haven't feel any hard block(but it like living life in hell). nearly forgot to stammer, but one day i stuck on single word..it made devastating effect on me ..like my one year hard work gone in vain and i started stammering again and things become worse .. then i visited back to therapist and again started same practice , again failed ,i tried this for five time and finally loses faith in this therapy, strange i took 4 year to do this...then i began my search to find new therapist which lead me to pune (ajjet harsinghania) i followed him for about 6 month and loss my faith over him.....and after losing all hope lucky i found tisa on net ..and it changed my view and my life(some time i thank god for my stammer )..now i am able to analyze my past therapies like what they miss...no concept of acceptance ,like i failed to accept even single stuck after one year, as i spoke one year without any block but i am continuously adding miseries in my life like avoiding any social gathering, accumulating constant fear in my mind, dreaming for fluency and not speaking happily for whole one year...so as per speech therapist may help but only if one able to find a good therapist ..and till now haven't seen any good therapist.

i also want add one thing, that best part of tisa is "free", no charge for workshop, this make all cheated pws to muster courage to believe in tisa

sachin said...

Thanks Lalit for sharing your experiences. I think, many people have gone thru such experiences but lack the courage to share it publicly- This is why young pws never get to know the facts and continue to waste their money and time..