Should Stutterers Take Vitamin B-1?

By |2021-04-12T07:56:42-06:00June 26th, 2013|Medications, Stuttering Blog Posts|

Two studies suggest that thiamin (vitamin B-1) may reduce stuttering. One study was of children; the other study investigated adults who stutter. The Hale Study A 1951 study[ref]Hale, L. (1951). A consideration of thiamin supplement in prevention of stuttering in preschool children. Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 16:4; 327-333.[/ref] investigated thiamin with an unspecified [...]

Stuttering Jokes!

By |2021-04-19T16:38:14-06:00June 19th, 2013|Life, Stuttering Blog Posts|

A stutterer goes to a two-week intensive stuttering therapy program. When he comes back his friends ask him, “How was it?” The stutterer takes a deep breath, pauses, then slowly responds, “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.” His friends are amazed! They say, “You didn’t stutter once!” The stutterer responds, "Y-y-y-yeah b-b-b-but it’s [...]

Why Stuttering Therapy Fails 1: Not Talking Enough

By |2021-03-15T17:26:33-06:00June 19th, 2013|Speech Therapy, Stuttering Blog Posts|

My biggest speech breakthrough was in 1995. I’d built an electromyographic (EMG) biofeedback device that measured my respiration, vocal folds, lips, jaw, and tongue muscle activity. As I tensed my speech-production muscles, a row of 16 lights went from green to yellow to red. The yellow lights switched on delayed auditory feedback (DAF) and frequency-shifted [...]

Should Children Be Told to Accept Stuttering or Taught Fluent Speech?

By |2021-03-15T16:42:58-06:00June 19th, 2013|Childhood Stuttering, Stuttering Blog Posts|

The journal Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools (LSHSS) recently published a letter authored by 113 stuttering experts.[ref]Yaruss et al. (2012) Stuttering in School-Age Children: A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment. Lang Speech Hear Serv Sch.2012; 43: 536-548[/ref] The co-authors were mostly Ph.D. speech-language pathologists, but also included leaders of organizations such as the [...]

14 Ideas for the Stuttering Foundation

By |2015-06-13T18:00:52-06:00June 19th, 2013|Stuttering Blog Posts|

There are two types of foundations:[ref]Fleishman, Joel. The Foundation: How Private Wealth is Changing the World. 2009: ISBN 978-1-58648-702-7, pages 60, 84, and 109. See also page 130.[/ref] A catalyst foundation works on "a problem for which a strategy is inconceivable, inappropriate, or premature…without specifying or expecting particular outcomes." A catalyst foundation provides expressive giving [...]

The Three Eras of Stuttering Treatment

By |2013-08-02T12:56:47-06:00June 19th, 2013|Stuttering Blog Posts|

The Iowa Therapies: Secondary Behaviors and Acceptance Modern stuttering treatment began in 1927 with the formation of the University of Iowa Speech Clinic. Lee Edward Travis, Bryng Bryngelson, Wendell Johnson, and Charles Van Riper developed what are now referred to as "the Iowa therapies," including indirect therapy for children and stuttering modification therapy for adults. [...]

33 States Provide Anti-Stuttering Telephone Devices to Consumers

By |2017-02-27T10:19:25-07:00June 19th, 2013|Stuttering Blog Posts|

You don't need to stutter on telephone calls. Most states provide free special telephone equipment that enables stutterers to speak fluently on the telephone. This device is Casa Futura Technologies' Basic Fluency System. The device provides DAF and FAF to immediately reduce stuttering about 70%, without therapy, training, or abnormal-sounding speech. The device plugs into [...]

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