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ERIC Number: EJ805326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0094-730X
The Effect of SpeechEasy on Stuttering Frequency in Laboratory Conditions
Armson, Joy; Kiefte, Michael; Mason, Jessica; De Croos, Dayani
Journal of Fluency Disorders, v31 n2 p137-152 2006
The effect of SpeechEasy on stuttering frequency during speech produced in a laboratory setting was examined. Thirteen adults who stutter participated. Stuttering frequencies in two baseline conditions were compared to stuttering frequencies with the device fitted according to the manufacturer's protocol. The fitting protocol includes instructions for deliberate use of vowel prolongation. Relative to the initial baseline condition, stuttering was reduced by 74%, 36%, and 49% for reading, monologue, and conversation, respectively. In comparison, stuttering was reduced by 42%, 30%, and 36%, respectively with the device in place, but before participants were instructed to deliberately prolong vowels. Examination of individual response profiles revealed that although stuttering reduced in the device compared to the baseline conditions during at least one of three speech tasks for most participants, degree and pattern of benefit varied greatly across participants. Educational objectives: The reader will be able to: (1) discuss recent research in altered auditory feedback that led to the development of SpeechEasy, (2) analyze and describe issues related to evaluating the treatment benefits of fluency aids, and (3) summarize the range of outcomes that were observed with SpeechEasy in this study. (Contains 6 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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