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Video: New, Advanced Therapy Program Helps People Who Stutter Acquire Fluent Speech
Date:7/15/2008

cording to HCRI Founder and President Ronald L. Webster, Ph.D. "Many stuttering therapies require long-term participation (a year or longer), are presented by clinicians who have little direct experience with stuttering, and typically yield unreliable results," said Webster. "In addition, fluency enhancing devices that have garnered media attention, such as the FluencyMaster and SpeechEasy, help with only about 25% of stuttering cases," he added.

Conversely, Webster reports that 93% of HCRI clients master fluent speech by the end of the 12-day intensive therapy program. Researchers developed HFP after studying and treating more than 5,500 people who stutter, ranging in age from 10 to 73. This third generation HCRI therapy incorporates new knowledge of muscle movements that actively generate fluent speech for each sound class in language and features additional treatment innovations including:

-- Enhanced computer-based training techniques that make it easier for clients to understand, learn and maintain details of muscle movements that produce fluent speech;

-- An acoustically based biofeedback system that measures speech muscle use in real time and signals clients whether or not they are using their muscles correctly;

-- A virtual transfer module that facilitates the transition from fluency skill use in the clinic to fluency skill use in daily life; and

-- Sophisticated performance tracking tools that determine therapy progression and individualized support needs.

Future Potential for Global Treatment Access

HFP was built on a web-based platform and offers the potential to deliver quality controlled stuttering therapy on a 24/7 basis to anyone in the world with internet access. During the next two years, HCRI plans to develop remote therapy administration over the web and partner with health systems of countries where quality stuttering treatment is needed.

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SOURCE Hollins Communications Research Institute (HCRI)
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