Why Do So Many Stutterers Fail to Stutter When Alone and How Can This Phenomonen Be Used in Treatment?

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From: Sharmila, graduate student
Date: 19 Oct 2007
Time: 21:00:10 -0500
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Profs. Rasskazov and Rasskazova, I found your research theories to be so intriguing.. It is interesting that people who stutter generally are fluent during periods of song, when tempo-rhythm patterns and varying levels of intonation are evident. Research findings regarding brain structure and stuttering, with particular focus on a region of the auditory cortex know as the planum terporale, indicate that stuttering is reduced during tasks which involve auditory input, such as choral reading or altered auditory feedback these tasks involve coordination with the auditory cortex. Follow up studies have indicated that individuals whose fluency improved under DAF were the same individuals who had an atypical planum temporale -- leading researchers to suggest that this may be a beneficial treatment option for these particular clients. Have you done any similar research which focuses on this particular area of the brain and if so, what were your findings? Thank you.

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