Valsalva Stuttering Therapy Results
(as of 9/25/16)
Average self-reported results of reduction of effort in the act of speaking for the most recent 10 participants to complete the standard Valsalva Stuttering Therapy program, after an average of 15 hourly sessions. Participants included 9 males and 1 female, ages 23-48 (median age: 24).
Key: 1=Very easy & effortless; 9=Very difficult
These results reflect continuing advances in the effectiveness of Valsalva Stuttering Therapy during the past several months, made possible by the introduction of ground-breaking new exercises and techniques to reduce and dissolve stuttering blocks.
Participants were adults with moderate to severe persistent developmental stuttering who contacted the clinician through the Internet. Appropriate releases and consents were obtained. Results were analyzed for the 10 adults who most recently completed the standard course of therapy.
Valsalva Stuttering Therapy was administered on an individual basis by video conferencing sessions for approximately one hour per week, totaling and average of 15 sessions over a period of approximately 4 to 5 months. Participants performed exercise routines for at least 30 minutes every morning, based on a variety of written and audio-visual materials.
Participants self-reported how easy and effortless the act of speaking felt to them, without regard to fluency, in ordinary speaking situations during the previous week (or since the previous session). Self-reports were used for this analysis in order to determine how well the effects of therapy carried over into ordinary speaking situations. Consistent with the underlying rationale of Valsalva Stuttering Therapy, the self-reports focused specifically on reducing effort rather than increasing fluency, in order to avoid the generally counter-productive effects of judging one’s speech based on fluency and “trying hard not to stutter.”
Ratings were on a scale of 1 to 9: 1=Very easy & effortless; 9=Very difficult. Ratings were given for their speech in general; their easiest speaking experience; and their most difficult speaking experience, as well for various types of speaking situations. To compensate for variability in stuttering severity, the “Before” and “After” figures used for each category are the higher of the first two numbers reported and the higher of the last two numbers reported.
Because a rating of “1” is the lowest possible score (and therefore equivalent to zero), the percentage results were calculated after reducing each rating by one (creating a range of 0 to 8).
Please note that there is no accepted "cure" for stuttering and that, because of individual differences, the time needed to achieve optimal results may vary. Furthermore, there can be no guarantee that any particular therapy will increase fluency in everyone who stutters.
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Last revised: 9/26/2016