Friday, February 03, 2006

PFSP in the United States

For any stutterers in the United States. There is a program in the Eastern Virginia Medical School, in Norfolk, Virginia. It appears to be very similar to the program I took.

While I don't know anything about thier program, they got a glowing recommendation in one of my comments :
"I would gladly follow Ross Barrett into the bowels of hell."


If anybody else has taken a fluency shaping program, please forward a link.

Not meant as advice, please find a qualified therapist if you are interested in similar therapy.


At Friday, February 10, 2006 9:57:00 AM, Blogger MarvThroneberryII said...

I'd be keen to try this if I lived in the US anywhere near Virginia...

Lately I have been between job careers and have petitioned the Veteran's Administration for vocational rehabilitation plus some assistance with my speech that can only aid me getting *gainfully employed*. The other day I was turned down on both requests. Reason given with the stuttering assistance was because it was a "pre-existing condition" when I enlisted in the Armed Forces, decades ago. That's rich. Being a stutterer wasn't a detriment to them when I signed up to catch bullets for my country. What was the clincher is that the social worker bureaucrat who interviewed me claimed that he didn't really notice that I stuttered when in fact I was ripped up on blocks the entire time of the oral interview! "Hey, I stuuter, pal, but I'm not retarded.Don't play that yin/yang crap with me."

Well, felt like ranting a bit here. A mea culpa extended...

At Friday, February 10, 2006 11:11:00 AM, Blogger John MacIntyre said...

No problem ... rant away! ;-)

It is amazing that the sales-support contradictions exist even in the Armed Forces.

And really, for a mere pittance they can train you with an in-demand skill, and send you for speech therapy. ... you'd be happy and probably tell everybody you know, for the rest of your life, how great the forces are!

Total short sightedness.


At Friday, February 10, 2006 12:47:00 PM, Blogger Rob said...

I mentioned you in my new blog, so I guess I should tell you -

Anymore luck at the drive-thru window?

At Friday, February 10, 2006 6:12:00 PM, Blogger MarvThroneberryII said...

Amen, John. If bureaucracy had a degree of common sense it would realize that it could only in the long-term benefit them by retraining, re-schooling someone back into the private sector and helping them aquire skills that helps in the job market. The biggest one is verbal communications.
1) the individual is back into the private sector paying taxes.Ergo, Voc Rehab pays for itself.

2) the individual will tell people he got the new career via VA Voc Rehab which will give them good publicity - especially around 'budget time': "Hey, this program has sucess. Let's increase funding." This means job security for Voc Rehab bureaucrats too.

Stuttering? Well, if a public funded program/therapy can get the stammering person speaking with better fluency it will improve his/her chances in the job/wage market, again an ergo - more taxes paid.

I take cheese with my w(h)ine,too;-) Thanks for letting me spout off on your blog turf.

At Friday, April 07, 2006 1:36:00 AM, Blogger Tom said...

I am a future soldier in USA. I have stuttering too, but when i read by myself, i can show 100% fluency, but suddenly when someone comes up to me and start speaking fast, I would start block like one of those medium stutterer ( no facial movement) just blocks and repetitions. IT's been very embarrassing. Anyway, I signed up for the army, and i did not tell them i stutter, because my recruiter told me not to. And the worst could happen is getting jailed, but very unlikely to happen. anyway, i believe even if I told them i have stuttering, they wouldnt mind taking me in. But my recruiter kept insisting that if i told them they would disqualify me. Anyway, thank God, my advanced individual traininig takes place in virginia, so if i wanna try the program out, i might get a chance.


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