Dr. Roger Ingham has asked me to do a live MPI Stuttering Treatment presentation, of his new stuttering therapy program, for the first time, to members of our profession. The MPI Stuttering Treatment Program is most suitable for the treatment of chronic stuttering in adults and adolescents. I will presented the program to about 300 speech and language pathologists at a mini-seminar in March 2016 in Anaheim.
I am especially honored to do so because Dr. Ingham was also a significant part of the development of the original Prolonged Speech Therapy for stuttering developed at Prince Henry Hospital in Australia in 19711. This program was used and modified by several stuttering specialists in the United States and worldwide. Dr. George Shames at the University of Pittsburgh presented his version of prolonged speech, the Stutter-Free Speech Program in 1982. I was one of the first stutterers to complete this program with stutter-free, natural sounding speech in 1983. I have since treated hundreds of people who stutter in the past 33 years using this same program after having been trained by Dr. Shames.
In June of 2014, Dr. Ingham agreed to train me, at the University of California Santa Barbara, to implement the MPI Stuttering Treatment Program Other than a few research assistants at the University, I was the first clinician to be trained in this program. I am now implementing the program at my private practice in Newport Beach, the Power Stuttering Center.
The MPI Stuttering Treatment Program
was. Dr, Ingham developed and perfected the MPI (Modifying Phonation Intervals) Program as a result of over 30 years of carefully planned research and clinical trials. MPI is different from standard prolonged speech programs. An iPad app is used to feedback information to the stutterer about how he is using his voice in reading, monologue, and conversation. The iPad app uses an accelerometer to pick up vocal vibrations from the larynx of the stutterer. The app is able to distinguish between short interval phonations and long interval phonations and feeds them back to the client both visually and auditorily. The client uses this information to reduce the number of short interval phonations. Dr. Ingham has shown experimentally that when the stutterer reduces short interval phonations by 50% or more stuttering is dramatically reduced or eliminated.
Results of the latest MPI program study are impressive.
All participants who completed the program obtained zero or very low stuttering. Speech rates and naturalness levels were similar to normally fluent controls for up to 3 years. Another plus with this program is that clients do not have to produce very slow rates of speech. Then must try to shape faster rates into natural sounding speech. The client uses normal speaking rates throughout the program. Clients also shifted from viewing themselves consistently as a person who stutterers to feeling more like a normal speaker.