Understanding and Controlling Stuttering (4th edition)

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Understanding and Controlling Stuttering: A Comprehensive New Approach Based on the Valsalva Hypothesis
By William D. Parry, CCC-SLP

Puzzled about stuttering? Do you wonder why words often feel like “brick walls,” even before you try to say them? Or why your blocks get stronger the harder you try to force through them? If so, here is a book, written in clear, every-day language, that fits together the pieces of the stuttering puzzle as never before. The key to its approach is the Valsalva Hypothesis – an exciting new theory that explains stuttering blocks as a neurological confusion between voice and the body’s Valsalva mechanism, in response to anxiety or the anticipation of difficulty in speaking. As a result, the larynx is prepared to exert effort instead of phonating a word’s vowel sound, causing speech to get stuck on the consonant or glottal stop preceding the vowel. The book demonstrates how neurological, physiological, and psychological factors interact to stimulate and perpetuate stuttering through a “Valsalva-Stuttering Cycle.”

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Are you frustrated and puzzled about stuttering blocks? If so, here is a book, written in clear, every-day language, that fits together the pieces of the stuttering puzzle more completely than ever before.

The key to its approach is the Valsalva Hypothesis – which describes the psychological, neurological, and physiological factors that interfere with a person’s natural speaking ability when triggered by the brain’s amygdala. It explains how these factors cause stuttering blocks by suppressing phonation of a word’s main vowel sound and replacing it with an impulse to exert force on the preceding consonant or glottal stop by means of a Valsalva maneuver. The blocks are then reinforced and perpetuated through a “Valsalva-Stuttering Cycle.”

This Ultimate Expanded Fourth Edition sheds new light on virtually every aspect of stuttering – its causes, its variability, its paradoxes, its many forms of treatment, and the importance of accepting stuttering rather than trying to be “fluent.”  Finally, it provides detailed instructions for exercises that were developed through actual clinical experience and experimentation involving more than 250 participants in Valsalva Stuttering Therapy from all over the world.

This Fourth edition is based on an enhanced Valsalva Hypothesis that is more comprehensive than in previous editions. It features new and improved exercises and strategies designed to relax the body’s Valsalva mechanism, promote vowel phonation, dissolve stuttering blocks, and improve attitudes about speech, thereby allowing you to speak in an easier, less effortful, and natural-sounding way.

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Weight 18 oz
Dimensions 9.1 × 6 × .9 in