Stuttering Foundation Encouraged by Neurology Study
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Stuttering Foundation (www.StutteringHelp.org) responds to a new study published in today’s online issue of Neurology, “Neural anomaly and reorganization in speakers who stutter:”
“It is our experience that a competent therapist can help a person who stutters become fluent in one week. That is not the challenge; the goal in stuttering therapy is staying fluent – taking what you learn in the therapy setting and transferring it into the real world and maintaining that level of fluency over time,” said Jane Fraser, president of the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation.
“Whenever we can show that physical changes we make through therapy actually affect the brain in a positive way, it is very reinforcing. Change doesn’t just happen in a vacuum. However, we must again ask ourselves this important question … do these changes in the brain hold up over time?
“Without a doubt, this study opens the door to new research into long term changes in the brain that would reinforce fluency. For that, we are very encouraged.”
Foundation Spokesperson Jane Fraser
Jane Fraser is president of The Stuttering Foundation and co-author of If Your Child Stutters: A Guide for Parents, 8th edition. She is also vice president of Action for Stammering Children, the Michael Palin Centre, in London.
About the Foundation?
Malcolm Fraser, a successful businessman who stuttered, went on to establish and endow the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation in 1947. The Stuttering Foundation provides a toll-free helpline, 800-992-9392, and free online resources on its Website, www.StutteringHelp.org, including services, referrals and support to people who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. Please visit us at www.StutteringHelp.org.
SOURCE The Stuttering Foundation