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

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Intonation Focus for Therapy

From: Heidi Click, Omaha, Nebraska
Date: 20 Oct 2007
Time: 18:53:09 -0500
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Very interesting research! You mentioned that people who stutter typically stutter less or not at all when their focus is changed to intonation or rhythm patterns of speech rather than fluent speech production. In my fluency class, we briefly discussed a therapy technique that began with producing a monotone sentence, then working up to normal intonation one word at a time, but focusing on the intonation rather than fluency. Do you know more about this type of treatment or therapy technique for people who stutter? Although not always realistic to produce monotone speech, it may be helpful for severe stutterers to focus on this aspect in order to improve speech production. Thank you for your time and insight on this idea. Heidi, Omaha, NE

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