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Master of Arts (MA)
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Mathers-Schmidt, Barbara A.
Peters, Kimberly, 1968-
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.
Western Washington University
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Shubert, Daniel, "Intensive stuttering therapy based on neuroplasticity and motor learning principles: treatment efficacy for adults who stutter" (2014). WWU Masters Thesis Collection. 334.