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Date Permissions Signed

5-16-2014

Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Mathers-Schmidt, Barbara A.

Second Advisor

Fraas, Michael

Third Advisor

Peters, Kimberly, 1968-

Fourth Advisor

Pospisil, Yarrow

Abstract

This study examined the efficacy of an intensive stuttering therapy program that was highly structured and based on neuroplasticity and the principles of motor learning. Treatment sessions were conducted in person and through Skype 4 days a week for a total of 8 weeks. Speech samples were collected throughout the study during Skype testing sessions and through self-recordings by the participants. These samples were analyzed for percent stuttered syllables and naturalness rating. Outcome measures also included a series of self-ratings by the participants and the completion of selected sections of the Overall Assessment of the Speaker's Experience of Stuttering (OASES). Results indicated that the participants' levels of disfluency and self-ratings improved throughout the course of the study. Individual differences in response to treatment are discussed.

Type

Text

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

880641074

Digital Format

application/pdf

Genre/Form

Academic theses

Language

English

Rights

Copying of this thesis in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this thesis for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

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