Coping methods and strategies of people who stutter, part 1

This article is a summary and review of:
Article: Coping responses by adults who stutter: Part 1. Protecting the self and others
From the Journal of Fluency Disorders, Vol. 34, 2009, 87-107
Authors: Laura W. Plexico, Walter H. Manning, Heidi Levitt
The primary purpose of this study was to understand the range of speakers’ coping responses to the stress of stuttering. Also pertinent was the impact that these various responses have on one’s daily life.


What do People Want – Fluency or Freedom?

This article is a summary and review of the following:
Article: What Do People Who Stutter Want — Fluency or Freedom?
From the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Vol. 52, April 2009
Author: H. S. Venkatagiri, 2130 Pearson Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011.
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This article documents the method and results of a survey of people who stutter to investigate their preference for difference possible treatment options. One option presented is the Freedom Option, where the goal is to modify the stuttering and reduce the struggle to avoid stuttering by freeing the subject from concern for fluent speech. Contrarily, the more common approach that most PWS are exposed to is the Fluency Option, which aims to reduce or eliminate stuttering.


Effects of the SpeechEasy

This article is a summary and review of the following:
Article: Effect of the SpeechEasy on Objective and Perceived Aspects of Stuttering: A 6-Month, Phase 1 Clinical Trial in Naturalistic Environments
From: the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Vol. 52, April 2009
Authors: Ryan Pollard, John B. Ellis, Don Finan, Peter Ramig, University of Colorado at Boulder
This article studies the effect of the SpeechEasy under extraclinical conditions, and compares the findings with the results of previous studies.


User Review: Speecheasy™ Auditory Feedback Device

This article first appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of the CSA Newsletter.

I am a lifelong PWS who became interested in the Speecheasy device a couple years ago.

This device is an “auditory feedback” aid that fits on or in the ear like a hearing aid and reduces stuttering in some people. Most people who stutter have probably heard of this but may not be sure if they can benefit from it and afford it.

First of all, I had to be tested to be sure that I would benefit from the technique. During the test my stuttering reduced considerably while I spoke with the device that fed my own voice back into my ear with a slight delay effect. Because of the positive results in the test situation, I decided to go ahead with it, and was fitted for the device.


User Review:SmallTalk™ - the latest anti-stuttering devices

This article first appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of the CSA Newsletter.

SmallTalk by Casa Futura Technologies is the latest reincarnation of the Edinburgh Masker. Thanks to 21st century technology, the unit is a little smaller than an iPod and with the Bluetooth earphone and speaker is almost inconspicuous. The device could easily be mistaken for a cell phone.

For those of you unfamiliar with electronic anti-stuttering devices, they utilize a technology called Altered Auditory Feedback (AAF) which relays the speaker’s voice back to them in an attempt to block or ‘mask’ their voice. The theory goes, we as stutterers are better able to speak fluently when we can’t hear our own voices.


Genetic Roots to Stuttering

Feb. 10, 2010 - The New England Journal of Medicine has published an article exploring why people stutter. The article's authors have found that three genetic mutations in the brain cells of stutterers could be the root cause. The mutations, to paraphrase Dr. Dennis Drayna, a researcher at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, cause a disruption in the process of the cell that controls degradation of things that the cell does not need anymore. This discovery could lead to "more specific diagnosis and treatment".

http://www.cnn. com/2010/ HEALTH/02/ 10/stuttering. genes.cell/


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