Speech therapy for stuttering has made significant advances over the past several decades. Two approaches have been the most prominent used in treatment. They are very different techniques with different therapeutic goals and objectives.
Stuttering Speech Therapy Techniques
Stuttering Speech Therapy started in the 1930s with attempts at Stuttering Modification. Techniques were developed to allow the client to “stuttering more easily”. These included: cancellations – say the stuttered word over again fluently, and pullouts – easing out of the block when it occurred. The fact is the client may stutter less, but they still stutter.
Fluency Shaping replaces stuttering with a new way of talking. It doesn’t attempt to change the learned stuttering behaviors, reconstructs the speech so that the result is stutter-free natural sounding speech. More research has been done to verify the effectiveness of fluency shaping.
The fact that fluency shaping has been studied for many years makes it more of an evidence-based treatment program. This means that the positive results are more likely to be repeated with new clients who participate in this stuttering treatment.
So these two very different stuttering speech therapy techniques have been used for a long period of time. New treatments have been developed. The MPI (Modifying Phonation Intervals) Stuttering Treatment Program for teenagers and adults in one of the most effective and well-researched.
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