I am 37 years old and have a mild stutter. I have went to cognitive therapy as well as traditional speech therapy for a very short period of time. I also tried hypnotherapy as well as acupuncture. I recently listened to an interview with John Stossel about stuttering and his experience with Hollins. He sounded very similar to my experience and he also indicated that this was the best help for him. I have recently enrolled in Hollins for next month and am curious about any experiences with Hollins. Admin - I noticed that you had indicated that this was the best help for you in particular. Could you expound upon your experience? If anyone else has experience, I would certainly be interested to hear your feedback.
It's I who should apologize for not replying to your post in Feb... My sincerest apologies Mike.
YES, I completed Hollins back in the early 90's and came out of it 100% fluent, This period of fluency lasted approximately 2 months while I was doing my daily practice lessons, Soon after this two month period the stutter (or rather my old behavior) began creeping up on me and I stuttered worse than before I entered Hollins... Don't get me wrong, I'm not throwing Hollins under the bus here, the program is excellent!, it's intensive and very effective. Your taught a new way of speaking, a new behavior that needs to take hold. I simply feel if I had followup therapy where I live in California, I would of been successful in overcoming my Stutter, I firmly believe this. Having a coach is critical to the success of most therapies.
I was about 30 years old when I went to Hollins, Stuttered for 25 years... It's unrealistic to think your new behavior is going to take hold in the two week period your at Hollins, it's not going to happen, you need to practice your new way of speaking constantly for at least 6 months, perhaps longer depending on how old your are.
If you completed Hollins, please share with us your experience.... I hope you haven't relapsed, but in the event you did, PLEASE DON"T GIVE UP like I did, you can recover from it... Always stay in contact with your Hollins therapist, especially when going through a difficult time. And if you need any advice or support here, please don't hesitate.
Good luck my friend!
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