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The "Iceberg" analogy of a chronic communication disorder

What is the Iceberg Analogy?

It is an analogy developed to better describe stuttering.


Essentially it demonstrates that a small portion of stuttering is what we can actually see but that there are all of these "under the surface" psychosocial symptoms that we may not necessarily readily observe. In my opinion, very similar psychosocial symptoms can be present in those with SD.


Others may notice the voice change but the experience of living with a chronic communication disorder is so much more than that.


What can we do?


Perhaps we can reframe and shift our perspective. What if we replace these negative psychosocial symptoms with positive ones? Things that can help?


- A strong support system

-Shifting perspective (being grateful, seeing the communication disorder as a challenge or something that makes you strong, looking at the positives)

- Shifting communication duties/careers

- NSDA support groups, NSDA website and SD Facebook page

- Accepting the SD

- Finding the humor or positive side


See my webinar for more on how to cope with these significant psychosocial effects of the disorder. Contact me for a free consultation to discuss how voice therapy can help to provide hope, gain more control over your symptoms, to educate yourself, to feel validated and to receive counseling directly on these effects from someone who truly understands SD.

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