Welcome to the Stammering Self-Empowerment Programme (SSEP).
Helping people who stammer (stutter) to achieve their optimal level of fluency and to develop their communication abilities to the fullest extent possible.
Support though a combination of education and therapy
The more you know about stammering (stuttering)— including what causes it to develop, how it manifests, and what influences its severity— the better you will be able to control it.
By providing you with an appropriate theoretical framework, our online course will enable you to understand the rationale behind the various therapies that exist and to adapt them to suit your own unique situation and circumstances.
Our approach to therapy builds upon many of the valuable historical insights of researchers such as Van Riper, Sheehan and Johnson. However, the fluency-enhancing techniques we teach are new. They have been developed by ourselves and inspired by recent advances in psycholinguistic research and theory. In particular, these new techniques all share a common aim: to enable you to develop a robust degree of confidence that, even if you find yourself blocking, you will still be able to quickly and efficiently get your messages across. As this confidence develops, the tendency to block will reduce and the severity of your secondary symptoms will decrease. The key advantage of the techniques we teach to get you through your blocks is that they feel (and sound) very natural, and once learned, they can be employed in everyday life situations with a minimum of effort. This means that, unlike many of the more traditional techniques, they do not slow you down or get in the way of your ability to focus on what you want to say.
Our free Online Course
In August 2014 we finally got the online course up and running. You can access it at...
We will continue to add more over the coming months.
Just to clarify—this online course is indeed, genuinely, completely free. There are no hidden charges. The only thing we ask in return is that you complete the various questionnaires that accompany the course, in order to provide us with feedback of your progress. This is so that we can continue to improve the course for people in the future.
New book: ‘The Perfect Stutter’ by Paul H Brocklehurst
In this book, Paul discusses his own experiences of stuttering and how they affected his life. He then goes on to explore what is currently known about stuttering, and he describes in detail recent findings of research into the relationship between speech-errors and stuttering — including the research behind the development of the techniques used in our online course.
‘The Perfect Stutter’ is currently available in paperback and e-book formats
Education and self help for people who stammer