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Enhancing Speech Therapy Practices: Insights from Stuttering Frequency Research

Enhancing Speech Therapy Practices: Insights from Stuttering Frequency Research

As speech therapy practitioners, understanding the nuances of stuttering across different speech modes is crucial for tailoring our approaches to meet the unique needs of our clients. Recent research by Commodore (1980) sheds light on the impact of communicative stress on stuttering frequency, offering valuable insights for enhancing our therapeutic practices.

The study explored how stuttering frequency in adults changes under three speech modes: normal voicing, whispered speech, and articulation without phonation. Interestingly, significant differences were found between stuttering frequencies in normal speech mode under stress and non-stress conditions, as well as between normal speech mode and the altered speech modes, regardless of stress levels. However, no significant differences were observed between the altered speech modes themselves, under both stress and non-stress conditions.

This research highlights the potential benefits of incorporating altered speech modes, such as whispering and articulation without phonation, into speech therapy sessions. By simplifying the phonatory process, these modes may help reduce stuttering frequency, particularly in stressful communicative situations. Here are some practical ways speech therapists can apply these findings:

While this study provides a foundation, further research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind these findings and their implications for speech therapy. As practitioners, staying informed about the latest research and incorporating evidence-based practices into our work is essential for supporting our clients' communication goals.

For a deeper dive into the research and its findings, I encourage you to read the original study: Communication Stress and Stuttering Frequency During Normal, Whispered and Articulation - without Phonation Speech Modes: A Further Study.

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