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Reports  |   May 01, 1982
Effectiveness of a Modified Version of Airflow Therapy
 
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Reports   |   May 01, 1982
Effectiveness of a Modified Version of Airflow Therapy
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, May 1982, Vol. 47, 160-164. doi:10.1044/jshd.4702.160
History: Received May 15, 1980 , Accepted March 4, 1981
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, May 1982, Vol. 47, 160-164. doi:10.1044/jshd.4702.160
History: Received May 15, 1980; Accepted March 4, 1981

Utilizing airflow therapy, Schwartz (1976) has claimed an 89% success rate with stutterers following treatment and an 83% success rate at one year follow-up. Such claims have yet to be documented in the scientific literature. The purposes of this study were: (a) to investigate the effectiveness of a modified version of airflow therapy; (b) to examine the relative importance of its two main components—passive airflow and elongation of the first vowel spoken. The speech of two adult male stutterers with a lengthy history of stuttering, was assessed with spontaneous speaking and reading tasks. Results indicated marked improvement in both subjects' speech on the reading task was maintained at follow-up 10 weeks later. For spontaneous speech, results were generally weaker and less durable. Effects of the two treatment components were cumulative and did not allow determination of any differential effectiveness between components. Implications of these findings were considered and directions for future research discussed.

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