The Starfish Project brings together years of experience from working with other therapies. We have combined the best from the early pioneering work of these therapies, together with the experiences and lessons we have learned from helping in the recovery of many hundreds of people from stammering over the years.
Your Starfish training commences with a three-day course. Training on all Starfish courses is on a one to one basis, given by recovering stammerers. It combines compassion and care throughout in teaching proven successful methods of diaphragmatic retraining (costal breathing), avoidance reduction therapy and positive attitude development.
On a Starfish Project training course, we are ever mindful of the individuality of every stammerer, and that their recovery from stammering will be at their own pace and in their own time. For this reason we always restrict the number of people on a course, to ensure the maximum individual attention.
We have regular breaks during the day, and of course at lunch time, to ensure you stay 'fresh'. We keep a training day to your maximum input level - not your exhaustion point. Days start at 9 a.m. and finish between 5 and 6 p.m. We want to help you learn control, not to break you!
In the evenings there is plenty of opportunity to practise your new technique in a relaxed social situation and around the table during dinner, together with everyone else on the course, in the hotel restaurant.
Your stammering control training sessions are not just theory we will equip you for everyday situations, with enjoyable role play sessions like telephone work, ordering a drink in a pub or a meal in restaurant, addressing a group etc. Then moving on, at your own pace and in your own time, to working in shopping centres. This may seem like an incredible and impossible situation to you now (and one that many stammerers avoid if possible) but with our compassionate training this will become a situation and challenge that you will enjoy. Your Starfish Project course will end by preparing you for your 'new' life and how to handle some of the possible complications and difficulties.