I am an actor, singer, and a prospective school teacher. After suffering a vocal cord haemorrhage, I lost much of my range, flexibility and vocal stamina. Working with Gwyneth helped me regain my vocal abilities and improved my confidence to speak and sing in public once again! Sessions with Gwyneth were friendly and tailored to my specific needs, and I felt safe under her attentive care and patience. Gwyneth also meticulously follows up each consultation with emails to check on my vocal hygiene, and also records our sessions for future reference. I just finished performing in a musical theatre production as well as an a cappella concert with a bright, clear and healthy sound throughout, and didn’t feel any vocal fatigue after my shows! Thank you Gwyneth for helping me regain my voice and confidence!
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Gwyneth is approachable and engaging, which helped to make the learning process during the Camperdown programme an enjoyable yet fruitful one. The programme is progressive and eventually includes hands-on like phone calls and making queries in shopping mall. Furthermore, Gwyneth patiently guided me to understand the techniques on my own, thus making the results of the programme a more enduring one. Overall, I feel more in control of my speech without having to substitute words like I used to, thanks to her!”
I started attending speech therapy treatment since I was 15 years old. I have been maintaining my fluent speech with occasional follow up reviews with Gwyn for close to 10 years now. Gwyn’s sessions are relevant, meaningful and have helped me become more self-sufficient in managing my stuttering outside the clinic.
Besides drills and practices to build proficiency in the speech technique, the sessions also deal with other aspects of managing stuttering such as developing good speech habits, finding our personal stutter “triggers”, psychological preparation before a speech etc. We also regularly devise practical action plans together to tackle difficult speech situations, and discuss speech practices customized to handle each situation.
Conducted in an interactive manner, the sessions aim to help each patient become “his/her own therapist” by developing a mental toolkit that he/she can utilize while managing stuttering.
Gwyn is very patient and approachable; going back for follow-ups feels very much like visiting an old friend to discuss how life has progressed over the past few months and how well I have lived with stuttering during the period.
Besides being more sociable and confident under many situations, the sessions have made me become, more importantly, a happier person with a stronger sense of control over something I previously thought I was never going to overcome.
Gwyneth is my speech therapist for almost one year. Her motherly personality makes her approachable to everyone. She is committed and patient in guiding me to master the speech techniques so that I can speak fluently to close families, friends and even strangers. Thank you Gwyneth!
I am very thankful to have Gwyneth as my therapist. Besides having a cheerful disposition that never fails to put her patients at ease. She is also very meticulous and has systematic plans for each session, regardless of the stage of the Camperdown program I was at. I was able to use the technique with more confidence, and despite having a few setbacks in transfer tasks (e.g. ordering food), she was able to problem solve with me intensively and never hesitated to go back to basics at times.
Under her guidance, I have gained greater control of my speech and am able to speak more fluently across different situations.
I would heartily recommend Gwyneth to anyone who stutters and wants to establish control over their speech. You won’t regret it! 🙂
I had always struggled with stuttering. I went through a few speech therapy techniques in my childhood but somehow could never find something that worked. I was sceptical about therapy initially. However, my perception changed after my first session with Gwyneth. I could feel the difference when applying the techniques taught through the Camperdown program and knew I had found control in my speech.
I couldn’t have asked for a better speech therapist than Gwyneth. She was extremely patient with me and made speech therapy a lot fun. Hearing my-self speak uninterruptedly with a fluent speech was something that I could have never imagined but Gwyneth made it possible for me.
When I first reached out to Gwyneth in August 2018, as a concerned mother who couldn’t come to the terms that her first born is not able to even finish a small sentence without blocking and repeating, I was worried that he will not be able to talk fluently ever. But it took only one meeting with Gwyneth which made me realize, it’s nothing that my son can’t overcome. Acceptance over powered denial and negativity turned into positivity. With Gwyneth’s help my son (10 years old) is now able to talk confidently in mere 6 months with a very few repetitions applying the techniques taught by this great lady. She guided both myself and my son throughout and emphasized on how important is parents involvement along with the therapy. Ibrahim and I are grateful for all your help and guidance
Mariam, mother of Ibrahim
Emmet was 3 yrs coming to 4 when i decided to have him assessed for stuttering. I was on the fence for a while since 2 yrs old, due to the fact that he is still young and he might outgrow it, but I followed my gut feeling as I can see something is not right compared to his peers. Knowing how to talk confidently is important, So I decided not to wait any longer. Approaching Gwyneth is so easy. I left her a message and she called back, answering every question I have with no obligation. We decided to start after the assessment, as she mentioned with my child’s temperament, the program is suitable. Emmet love coming for sessions, and I have seen great improvement. Throughout the journey she has taught me how to manage his stutters. He is stable now after 8 months without much stutters, but will continue to monitor closely and I definitely know I have Gwyneth behind my back if I need help again. Thank you so much, forever grateful for your guidance.
After attending this speech therapy, I felt that my confidence had grown a lot as last time, I had always been scared to present on stage or talk to a big crowd. However, when Ms Gwyneth became my Speech Therapist, I learnt how to control my speech so I would not stutter as much. Not only is Ms Gwyneth’s way of teaching effective, her lessons are also entertaining as after I had completed a few tasks, we would usually play a game, whether it be a card game or a board game. Hence, thanks to her coaching, I have grown a lot braver than I used to be and dared to speak up more in front of my class and school. I would always look forward to attending my therapy sessions.
Vera was first assessed in November 2017 when she was 2.5 years old. We held off treatment as we felt she was slightly young. Meanwhile, her father was vigilant in monitoring her speech progress and reporting it to me on a monthly basis. Vera’s stuttering was sporadic in nature. After monitoring for a year, we decided it was the best time to start treatment.
As our first child, we didn’t quite know what to expect when Vera first exhibited symptoms of stuttering at the age of 3 (both audio and visual cues). We weren’t sure if it was merely a passing phase as part of speech development or something more deep rooted. We decided to have her assessed with a speech therapist, after the occurences started to increase and in greater severity too, which caused much distress to us. After doing research on available options, we settled on Gwyneth, based on her experience particularly with children and being a mother of two young ones herself.
Vera is typically shy with strangers but she took to Gwyneth easily. Sessions always went very smoothly, with both Vera and us learning along the way. She always looks forward to sessions with Gwyneth. In fact, as we progressed further into the program and had more spaced out sessions, Vera often lamented that she was seeing less of ‘Teacher Gwyneth’. Progress certainly didn’t happen overnight; we already had our expectations set from the get go and that as parents, we do need to be very patient and involved too in the therapy, to gain optimal outcome for the child. Nonetheless, we are both surprised and elated that within the short span of a few months, it was clear there was an increasing significant improvement in Vera’s speech.
Throughout the engagement, Gwyneth has always been very approachable and patient with our concerns and queries. She is supportive and provides encouragement, particularly in the times of recurrences and updates the ‘game plan’ accordingly. It’s obvious she genuinely cares for Vera and we have always felt assured that Vera would get better under Gwyneth’s guidance. We’re proud and immensely grateful to Gwyneth that as of today, Vera is able to speak confidently with almost non-detectable stuttering.
– Arthur (Vera’s Father)
A good window to treat stuttering is in its preschool years. Starting at too young an age (<4yrs) can drag treatment time out as the child may not be mature enough. But the decision to start treatment for Elias was based on the severity of stuttering and the distress it was causing to both parent and child.
The Lidcombe program takes a behavioural approach to treat stuttering. The treatment steers and shapes stuttering towards fluent speech. Parents learn to structure activities and their interaction such that the child practices more fluent speech in daily doses. Through treatment and conditioning of fluent speech, the structuring can gradually lessen as the child becomes more fluent.
Parent involvement in stuttering treatment of a preschooler is crucial. Sarah, Elias’s mother, took on feedback and supported Elias very well throughout the program.
I stumbled upon Gwyneth after searching online for a speech therapist to help with my son’s stuttering. I can’t actually put it into words how lucky we are to have found her.
On our first meeting, I broke down. Watching my outgoing and chatty 3 year old boy turn into a shell of his former self was completely heart breaking. Elias had stopped conversing as he had lost his confidence due to severe stuttering.
Enter Gwyneth! Warm and articulate, she helped him by devising a treatment plan using evidence based practise. Being a mom herself, Gwyneth is extremely patient and understanding with Elias. Sessions were always fun and he always looked forward to seeing her.
As for me, it felt like I had made a new friend. Gwyneth is warm with a great sense of humour. She supported me at all stages throughout the treatment plan, providing detailed guidance on how to support my son’s development between sessions.
Elias is now an effective communicator thanks to Gwyneth. I can’t recommend her enough. Our family will always remember her fondly.
Sarah (Elias’ mother)
Our son had a moderately severe stutter that was getting increasingly worse. We were very worried and did a lot of research for the best stuttering therapists available. We were eventually referred to Gwyn by another speech therapist and haven’t looked back since. Not only is Gwyn extremely experienced and knowledgeable in treating stuttering, she is gentle, patient and always supportive. Although the Lidcombe program can be a lot of work for parents at times, it is a fun and positive approach to treating stuttering. We like that it focuses on making the child feel good. Our son adores Gwyn and always looks forward to our fun sessions with her. He is now down to very little to no stuttering and we are very grateful for her expertise and support.
It was a pleasure treating Mr and Mrs Lew’s daughter. This was a case where the child presented very differently in clinic (exceptionally quiet) and at home (talkative). We carried out the Lidcombe program and worked closely with Mum to learn and apply the principles of the treatment. The treatment was successful due to the close parental involvement, which is a key ingredient of any successful therapy.
We found our girl to have moderate stutter when she was turning four. We were so worried at that time and searched through internet to find a good and experienced speech therapist. We decided to go to Gwyneth after we visited her website and the good comments about her.
Gwyneth monitored our daughter’s stutters closely and she was very supportive whenever we had any queries. She is very experienced, gentle and patient towards our girl. Our daughter was initially very shy to speak during the treatment session but now she can communicate very well with Gwyneth. She enjoys and looks forward to every treatment session with Gwyneth.
Our girl now speaks fluently. We are very grateful to Gwyneth. Million thanks to Gwyneth!
Mr & Mrs Lew
Gwyneth is god-sent! Our little one was 4 when she started her speech therapy, and she took an instant liking to Gwyneth. Gwyneth consistently put in real effort for each and every session, personalizing the games and activities for the specific sound errors my daughter was making.
My daughter enjoyed each session thoroughly and always looked forward to seeing her favourite “Ms Gwyneth”. She had such a positive association with the therapy and she was never reluctant to attend.
As a parent, I was so pleased to see frequent real progress. It was wonderful to watch my daughter grow in confidence and I can honestly attribute this to the hard work that Gwyneth puts into each session.
– Noelle (Mother of Lauren)
It was just before his 3rd birthday that Miller first started showing signs of stuttering, repetition and blocking. Most disheartening were the incidences of jaw locking. At first I thought it was just a childhood phase but as his symptoms worsened I realised he needed professional help.
Miller progressed through the Lidcombe program well. The sessions at home required a lot of discipline on our part but Miller nearly always enjoyed the extra attention through the reading and play-based activities. I’m very pleased to report he is now free of any speech problems.
Gwyneth was awesome from beginning to end. Experienced, patient, always clear with feedback and instructions. Miller felt at ease and always loved delving into Singapore’s best-stocked toy cupboard.
– Paul & Angelina
Bryan started to show signs of severe stuttering when he was three years old. He was blocking, repeating and stretching his words. I was having the hope that the stuttering would disappear on its own and decided to wait and observe.
However, my wish didn’t come true. The stuttering persisted when he turned four. There were ‘good days’ when the stuttering was mild, but it was always followed by those ‘bad days’ when he struggled with every single word that he said.
As his mummy, it was heart breaking seeing him want to express himself so much but was unable to. Bryan also showed frustration. He would pant and jump to force words out. He would also give up in between his words. This was the turning point and I realized Bryan needed help.
I googled online trying to look for some reputable and experienced Speech Therapists. Thank God I found “A Million Things to Say” and Gwyneth who has more than 14 years of experience in this field. After the first assessment session with her, I knew she was the one that I could fully trust.
A few months into therapy with Gwyneth, Bryan showed significant improvement in his speech. The Lidcombe program worked well for him. Today Bryan is able to talk fluently with little or no stuttering. The outcome is much better than I expected. I would strongly recommend Gwyneth to all the parents whose kids suffer from stuttering. Start treatment early!
– Bryan’s Mummy
My boy was 5 when I noticed him not speaking clearly. At first we thought it is out of excitement he rushes off. One of my friends referred me to consult Gwyneth. When I went to meet her I was shocked to know that he has got stuttering and there are various types in stutters like repetitions, blocks, pauses etc
Gwyneth is a well experienced and knowledgeable speech therapist. She was gentle and kind with kids which made my son feel at ease. Her sessions included activities and games which my son used to look forward to.
Gwyneth was very friendly in the sessions. She guided me very well how to do sessions at home and followed up regularly. I was really happy to see the progress in my son gradually. Now 6 months later my son is able to speak clearly without any stutters and with more confidence. All thanks to Gwyneth, without her I wouldn’t even have realised about my son’s actual problem.
Mother of “Avik” (Name changed)
We first noticed our little boy stuttering when he just turned 4 years old. But at that time, we thought this was common for all the young children who just started speaking and believed he would outgrow it. We only sensed something was wrong when he approached 6 years old and still stuttered from time to time with a lot of blockages and repetitions in his speech.
This started to bother him and he would feel helpless and frustrated especially when he was eager to express himself but unable to speak fluently. We searched online and got to know more about stuttering and decided to seek professional opinions. A visit to the fluency clinic at SGH confirmed our fear and we were referred to their former Principal Speech Therapist, Ms. Gwyneth Lee.
Since Ms. Gwyneth has worked in this field for more than 11 years, she is very experienced. A treatment plan was tailor-made for our son after the first consultation. Ms. Gwyneth makes adjustments to the treatment plans weekly based on our boy’s progress. This approach has proven to be very effective; although our son has only started stuttering treatment for 3 months, his severity has been reduced tremendously and he is much more stable in his fluency level.
Besides her professional knowledge, Ms. Gwyneth is very good at dealing with young children and she built rapport with our son easily. With all kinds of toys and well-planned games, her treatment sessions are always interesting and full of fun. As a result, our boy is always looking forward to seeing her and never feels bored in the sessions.
From parents’ perspective, Ms. Gwyneth has been very understanding and has empathized with us right from the beginning. She truly cares about our feelings and always encourages and leads us with positive thinking. She does her job with passion and love. Looking back, we feel so lucky that we have Ms. Gwyneth to guide us, who has made the difficult road much easier.
When my son Anthony was 6 years old we noticed that he was stuttering. We thought that he was just getting excited and wanted to say it quickly. His condition didn’t improve but got worse. We attended a forum on stuttering and learnt that stuttering needed to be treated as young as possible. It cannot be neglected as it might affect the child’s self-esteem as he gets older. It may lead to many other psychological problems as he grows. We then decided to have him assessed by a Speech Therapist.
On our first visit was with Gwyn. Over a short playing and chatting session with Anthony, Gwyn confirmed that he is indeed stuttering. We started a series of consultation and treatment with Gwyn. During each session Gwyn will engage Anthony in various games and activities which will encourage him to speak using the syllable-timed speech. She also taught me how to continue similar sessions at home.
In the course of the treatment sessions, it created additional bonding time for Anthony and myself. I am now able to communicate better with Anthony. Gwyn suggested various ways of asking questions to promote better communication as I had a tendency to ask close-ended questions.
Over the treatment period, Anthony showed signs of improvement and he is now able to speak much better than before. Gwyn is very friendly and she will prepare different games to play with Anthony on each of his visit. Anthony loves to attend the sessions and will look forward to them. Gwyn is very patient and will explain the technique clearly so that I could confidently continue the treatment at home. She also shared with me some parenting skills so that I could apply them on my 3 young children.
Thank you Gwyn for your guidance and patience. We enjoyed our sessions with you and we are glad that we came forward to seek early treatment. Anthony is now able to speak without stuttering and that has made him a more confident child.
Dawn has been seeing Gwyneth for stuttering since she was five years old. Dawn is eight years old now and she has improve tremendously under Gwyneth care. Dawn’s stuttering severity was about a 5 (mild-moderate) and we are now at a severity level of 1-2 (no stuttering to very mild stuttering). Gwyneth is knowledgeable about the different treatment approaches for stuttering and she always has great ideas to help Dawn overcome her stuttering. I am so glad that we have her as our therapist!
Joel (age 9) looks forward to Gwyneth’s sessions and to her treasure trove of toys and games. Her kind and reassuring manner, and easy rapport with Joel has resulted a marked improvement in his speech. As a parent, I am also always learning new and better ways from Gwyneth, to engage with him and help him along
After a long period of hoarseness and losing my voice, I became worried I would become mute. My GP referred me to the Ear Nose and Throat doctor (ENT) to assess the health of my vocal cords and throat. The ENT, Dr David Lau found no growth that would explain the voice quality I was presenting with. He then recommended me to see Gwyneth for further vocal assessment.
Despite my voice being so hoarse, coupled with a lot of breaks, Gwyneth felt she could help me improve my voice quality after the initial assessment. In just 12 weeks I have learnt how I am using my voice wrongly and the vocal tension brought about this hoarseness. I have learnt how to make my voice better through simple exercises and vocal technique. I have become aware of the bad habits I had in using my voice and am now able to achieve a better quality of voice than I ever thought possible.
I have enjoyed the time spent with Gwyneth. She is a very warm person and I feel that she genuinely cares for the people she works with. She is committed to making their vocal life better. I have been very happy with how my sessions have gone and made a friend along the way. I would recommend Gwyneth to others experiencing vocal problems like I was having.
We are so glad to have found Gwyneth as speech therapist for Jeriel. Gwyneth has been very professional and skilful in teaching him the techniques to use his voice correctly. There is really quite a bit of unlearning as well as learning to be done but Gwyneth has been guiding him patiently and keeping the sessions engaging. I am happy with the progress that Jeriel has made with her help!
– Elaine Thng, mother of Jeriel Tan (12 years old)
I was referred to Gwyn by my ENT doctor after noticing strain in the voice box. It’s been a great journey of learning and discovery about what my throat and voice can do. Sessions with Gwyn are relaxing and kind of fun. We explored different ways of improving my voice. These included different ways of warming up, finding optimal projection, releasing tension in the voice box and altering the position of the tongue to find the most clear voice.
Gwyn has always been very encouraging and patient. When I first came to her, I had a croaky voice and was lost to how my voice was going to survive as a teacher. I now know how to better control my voice and how to better project it in class. I see an improvement in my voice even when I have a busy day at school
– Yvonne Liew
Susana was diagnosed with bilateral vocal fold sulcus along with muscle tension dysphonia. Her case was presented by our therapist Gwyneth Lee at the “Review and discussion on difficult cases” during the MOH HMDP Visiting Expert program hosted by NUH. Chairing the discussion was the visiting expert, Prof Albert Lincoln Merati, Chief of Laryngology, University of Washington School of Medicine.
Susana is a very motivated patient that has put in a lot of hard work in her voice exercises and has shown improvement in her condition.
I have always had a high pitched, hoarse and small voice, it makes it difficult for people to catch what I say. My ENT doctor, Dr David Lau referred me to Gwyneth for voice therapy.
The first time I came to A Million Things To Say Clinic, I found it is a very cozy and homey place.
My first impression of Gwyneth was that she carried herself very professionally. She is caring and attentive to her patients. She has a rich and vast experience. She is very passionate and does her work wholeheartedly. She puts her thoughts in giving the best method of therapy for her patients. She makes her patients feel comfortable and not pressurized during the therapy sessions.
I thank God for giving Gwyneth, a correct person to handle my voice case. I also appreciate how she and Dr Lau complement each other in handling my case. After a few months of therapy, there is a better change of my voice where my friends around me can witness to it. Thanks Gwyneth.
– Susana Jusuf
I was referred to Gwyn due to ongoing voice issues after vocal cord surgery. As a teacher, my voice is my most important tool. I felt lost and frustrated when it wasn’t functioning effectively. Gwyn taught and supported me to regain my vocal abilities by methodically working though a wide variety of engaging strategies. She clearly explained the process, anatomical structures and theory behind each. She is knowledgeable, patient and personable and an expert in her field. I am so grateful to Gwyn for helping me regain my confidence in my voice.
– Melissa Z
Gwyneth has been fantastic from my first appointment with her. After some invasive medical treatment and a long period of stress, I was having difficulty with vocal range and fatigue. I was diagnosed with some vocal cord atrophy and with her specialist knowledge Gwyneth gave me the tools to be able to use my voice again to its full potential. I am now so much happier when I sing, can hit the notes I want to and am no longer suffering from debilitating vocal fatigue. Would highly recommend and I’m extremely grateful for all her advice!
– Elisabeth Dunnett
After going through the arduous journey of transitioning from male to female, meeting Gwyneth was a blessing. She adds the finishing touch to my femininity by giving transgender individuals like me a voice (literally). Thank you Gwyneth for the warmth and gentle guidance you have given me.
I know…practice, practice, practice
I was referred to Gwyneth by my ENT specialist for chronic laryngitis. Learning how to re-wire my muscle memory to speak in the “correct” way is not easy but Gwyneth is great with going through the recovery step-by-step. Each step is explored thoroughly and practised such that at the end of the day when you piece all the puzzles together, the big picture becomes very clear and it makes sense. Her ability to detect the countless nuances in my voice is uncanny as well.
– Jane Tanmizi