Speech Therapy: Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect


Speech Therapy: When Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect

This blog about Dystonia and Speech Therapy is from the blog: Chronicles Of A Dystonia Muse by Pamela Sloate

A dashing speech therapist broke my heart. No, it wasn’t a torrid romance ending in tragedy but his sage words of advice: conversational speech is the last dam to break. Worse still, the coveted prize we were chasing was “communication” not “perfection.”

I’m a self-admitted practicing perfectionist. “Good enough” is never good enough when my life’s work is a perpetual pursuit of Eden. I aim to scale mountains and then chastise myself for the slightest blunder. So, surprise, surprise, I embarked on speech therapy with abundant determination to nail that bull’s-eye. In my estimation, I’d practice, practice, practice until my speech issued perfect, perfect perfect. While I might not scale tall buildings in a single bound, I’d surely conquer them with a rigorous daily regimen. Then reality hit.

Those darn “Ks” and “Gs” continued to pose a battle, median “Ds” and “Ts” relentlessly evaded me…and shall we discuss my lip sounds? Further, if I reduced my life to working on my speech when would I actually use it? I needed to modify the recipe.  …. Read More




About Pamela, a.k.a Dystonia Muse
What seems like a lifelong experience with Dystonia began with a “mis-step” when I was 8-1/2. Dystonia may have staged a coup over certain body parts but my heart and soul remain firmly my own. I’m a friend, daughter, sister, creative mind, honorary auntie, fan of the quantum mechanical, hopefully, one-day spouse, now also health activist.


Blogs about depression and dealing with chronic illness.We are grateful to Pamela, for her frequent contributions to The Chronically Awesome Foundation’s page The Chronically Awesome Bloggers. Are you a health activist, writer, poet, or someone who blogs to express how you feel about living a #ChronicallyAwesome life? We invite you to join Pamela and contribute your blogs to our blogging community,

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