WHAT ARE CANCELLATIONS?
- Classified as a stuttering modification strategy
- Used after a disfluency occurs
- Produces a less tense and more "forward-moving" disfluency
- Requires you to pause following a moment of disfluency
- In the time that you pause, you can identify where the tension occurs (i.e. mouth, tongue, jaw, etc.) and work on releasing it
- Requires you to initiate speech again in a more forward-moving way (i.e. may use light contact or a stretch when initiating speech again after the pause, if necessary).
- Improves ability to monitor or "catch" your disfluencies
- Although disfluencies are often out of a person's control, cancellations help demonstrate a person's ability to make a choice in using more comfortable stuttering (i.e. less tension).
- The pause following the disfluency is practice in fighting time pressure- time pressure often being a trigger for increased disfluencies.
- "My, um, my nnnn, um, my na-na-naame (pause, release tension)...name is Brooke"
- The above example is of someone who uses fillers (um) to avoid the word he/she can not "get on", which is "name." Instead of resorting to using fillers, the aim is to "get on the sound" using the cancellation, a much more forward-moving form of stuttering.
Listen to the audio of this example above!