To help yourself if you stutter, the first thing you need is a strong motivation, the determination to succeed, and the attitude that you can do it. A positive attitude and the belief that you can make a difference will make all the difference in you and the person who stutters who says and thinks they were handed a sad lot in life and nothing can be done about, who has gone to speech therapy and says "it didn't help," or who wants a quick fix rather than having to work at their speech.

"Stuttering is what you do trying not to stutter again." (Johnson) If you tense up and fear stuttering, your speech mechanism can't work smoothly. If you panic because you are afraid of what others think, you will find yourself stuttering more and the cycle goes on while your stuttering gets worse. The more frustrated you get, the more you stutter.

Concentrating on what you are saying while maintaing a calm, relaxed attitude will help you speak smoothly, slowly, and in an easy manner. A speech therapist can help you learn to identify where you are tensing and how to relax those muscles while you speak

With the motivation to learn and use speech techniques, you can become more fluent and you will appreciate your ability to talk to others.