This is a threaded discussion page for the International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference paper,
The neuro-physiological perspective as the grounds for corporal workout with people
who stutter by Beatriz Biain de Touzet, (Argentina).

Voice release

From: Barbara Dahm
Date: 10/5/98
Time: 1:46:43 PM
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I think you have touched on a very important need for people who stutter. I am especially interested in
learning more about how to develop awareness of one's body in people who have little internal awareness
and how you go about the voice release. 

Re: Voice release

From: Beatriz TOUZET
Date: 10/12/98
Time: 7:12:00 PM
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Voice release 

Thank you for your comment Sorry for the delay. Too much work here in Buenos Aires at this time because

First: To develop awareness of one's body in people who stutter, I began to develop my own awareness of
my own body. This allows me to realise that I had to work enough to myself. Many techniques helped me in
this way: Milderman method, Yoga, massages, etc. After five years studying and practising I became
instructor in corporal work, and so, I was able to understand other people. Working with the blocks of my
body I could understand other blocks... 

Second: To work with voice release, I began first working with breathing, and corporal awareness; As
speech pathologist I work also with the voice but in an integral approach. 


From: Barb Ennis
Date: 10/6/98
Time: 12:33:48 AM
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I would be interested to know if there have been studies showing any correlations between development of
language, especially stuttering, and development of handedness, especially left-handedness or

Re: Handedness

From: Beatriz TOUZET
Date: 10/12/98
Time: 7:12:32 PM
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Thank you for your comment and sorry for the delay 

First: We have to make differences between problems of language development and stuttering development.
In fact, we know that many difficulties of language development have in the basis a problem to establish
cerebral dominance. In the other hand there is no correlation today between stuttering and left handedness or
ambidextry if you are talking in terms of cause. What we know is differents ways of cerebral specialisation
which changes because the cerebral plasticity; and different ways of processing information. 

ISAD in Argentina

From: Judy Kuster
Date: 10/16/98
Time: 2:43:16 PM
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I hope you don't mind my posting the exciting activities you have planned for ISAD in Argentina! 

Our activities in Argentina on the ISAD are: 

1- We translate your Proclamation and we made 2000 paper to offer to: - Schools - On the street - Church -
Hospital and clinicals - Shops - University 

2- We made two ISAD poster: one for children and other for adults 

3- We are organizing a October 22 Convention at the Buenos Aires University, to celebrate also the place of
Argentina Stuttering Association there 4- STICKERS: "If you stutter you are not alone" 5- One publication
in the Asociacion Argentina de Foniatria Audiologia y Logopedia 6- We have invited to our meeting at the
University: speech-pathologist, students, graduated, people who stutter, teachers and the Self Help Group
7- We inform and invited people from the Health Commette.of our Parliament 8- In the Argentina Stuttering
Association Buletin we have sent information about October 22 9- We sent posters to radio and TV
programs 10- People who stutter have been worked in the Argentina Isad posters 

Our schedule for this day : 

- Presentation of the A.A.T. and the objetives - The ISAD celebration - A workshop with masks People who
stutter parents - A workshop in communication specialist and speech - A drama sketch all together
pathologist and general people - A video meeting: "Wine and empanadas" MUSIC and DANCE 

RBH Factors

From: Chuck Goldman
Date: 10/18/98
Time: 11:04:15 AM
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I was glad to see the disclaimer at the end of your article that reminded the reader that you were presenting a
tool, not a therapy. Is it not appropriate for much of the intervention tools you suggested tobe considered in
the domain of stuttering modification therapy since no specific fluency enhancement device is part of your

Re: RBH Factors

From: Beatriz TOUZET
Date: 10/29/98
Time: 12:43:34 AM
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Chuck: Thank you for your comment As you have been red. I have presented a tool - And you are totally
right : It is not for a specific fluency enhancement .., it is much more than that. It is for a specific
communication enhancement and obviously fluency has some thing to do in this field. That's the reason why
I work with the fluency speech and corporal workout TOGETHER to have a more global and integral

Medication as a boost

Date: 10/19/98
Time: 11:18:06 AM
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Hi, my name is Melissa, and I am currently working on my master in speech and language. I enjoyed your
article in the sence that it gave me a good idea of how touchy the use of drugs can be in treating stuttering,
and how individualized the decision has to be based. 

I have heard of doctors and psychiatrist prescribing drugs to patients with different psychological problems
(e.g. anti-depressants to mildly depressed inividuals) as a means to give them a little "extra boost" in their
therapy. Once the patient has gotten a handle on their disorder, they are slowly weened off of the
medication. Can the use of drugs for stuttering be used in a similar fashion? I realize there are quite a few
more variables and considerstions one needs to take when dealing with stuttering. If a doctor is pretty sure
that the drug will effect a particular person in the desired way, could they be used as "boost" for their
therapy? The goal being to provide the stutterer with more communicative success, and hopefully boosting
their confidence. Then, weening them off of it, hoping that new behaviors/ coping strategies were learned
thus improving their fluency. Would this be a proper way to use drugs in dealing with stuttering? I
understand that this would not be an option for some stutterers who have a neurological or some other forms
of stuttering. 

Thankyou, Melissa Anderson Dana Dirksen

Re: Medication as a boost

From: Beatriz TOUZET
Date: 10/29/98
Time: 12:24:54 AM
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Hi, Melissa Thanks for your comments..! Many drugs have been used dealing with stuttering but, at the
moment, there are no conclusive studies about it, and of course it depends of each particular case.
Personally, I am not agreeing with drugs. I prefer thinking that together (speech- pathologist and person
who stutter) we can found the way of stuttering more comfortable, with self control, and changing such
attitudes as fear, shame, or social restrictions. 

5th World Congress of People who Stutter

From: Marlene Green
Date: 10/19/98
Time: 10:26:22 PM
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Beatriz, well done on a fascinating article. Please contact me urgently at, as we must
maintain the interaction begun in South Africa! Your workshop there remains a source of inspiration! I look
forward to hearing from you here in Canada. Marlene