The Valsalva Stuttering Network

The Valsalva-Stuttering System:

Beliefs, Intentions and Effort

Copyright ?2012 by William D. Parry

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS NO LONGER CURRENT.  FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT THE VALSALVA HYPOTHESIS, VALSALVA STUTTERING THERAPY, AND THE NEW SELF-HELP EXERCISES, SEE THE REVISED AND EXPANDED THIRD EDITION OF UNDERSTANDING & CONTROLLING STUTTERING (2013), NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE NATIONAL STUTTERING ASSOCIATION.

Stuttering blocks can be viewed as neurological motor programs that manifest the intention to exert effort in trying to say a word, in response to anxiety and/or the anticipation of difficulty. 

The motor program for effort is influenced by our beliefs, expectations (anticipation of difficulty), and intentionsIt may be further intensified by fearFor example:

Assuming this is true, the alleviation of stuttering requires that the larynx be neurologically prepared to phonate vowel sounds rather than to exert effort.  The elimination of the motor program for effort requires that the speaker's intention in speaking be changed to something other than "trying to say the word."  It also involves a change in the expectations and ultimately in the underlying beliefs about speaking.  These changes will gradually have the effect of reducing the speaker's fear. 

Valsalva Stuttering Therapy is specifically designed to address all these aspects of the "Valsalva-Stuttering System," using both physical and psychological approaches.

Copyright ?2012 by William D. Parry

Contact Information:

 

 William D. Parry, Esquire, CCC-SLP
 

A licensed speech-language pathologist and trial lawyer, offering Valsalva Stuttering Therapy in person in Philadelphia and over the Internet via webcam (subject to applicable law).

Office: 1608 Walnut Street, Suite 900, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Mobile phone: 215-620-6792

E-mail: stutteringtherap@aol.com

Websites:

Stuttering Therapy and Counseling: www.stutteringtherapist.com
        E-mail:
stutteringtherap@aol.com

The Valsalva-Stuttering Network: www.valsalva.org
        E-mail: contact@valsalva.org

Valsalva Stuttering Therapy is a new approach to improving fluency by controlling the physiological mechanism that may be causing stuttering blocks. For further information on Valsalva Stuttering Therapy, visit Stuttering Therapy and Counseling at www.stutteringtherapist.com

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