The Valsalva Stuttering Network

Free Stuttering Information

Information About Controlling the Physiological Mechanism That May Cause Stuttering Blocks

By William D. Parry, J.D., M.A., CCC-SLP

A licensed speech-language pathologist and former trial lawyer, with over 29 years experience in the stuttering support movement, and author of Understanding & Controlling Stuttering: A Comprehensive New Approach Based on the Valsalva Hypothesis.

This page is intended to provide information for persons wishing to explore the Valsalva Control approach to reducing their stuttering blocks.  It is not a substitute for individual diagnosis, stuttering therapy, and counseling by a qualified speech-language pathologist or other appropriate health-care professional.

Information about William Parry's book - NEW! 

Understanding & Controlling Stuttering: A Comprehensive New Approach Based on the Valsalva Hypothesis - The Revised and Expanded Third Edition (2013)

 

"Dismantling the 'Brick Wall' of Stuttering," by William D. Parry, CCC-SLP  NEW! 

William Parry's paper presented as part of the International Stuttering Association's 2013 International Stuttering Awareness Day On-Line Conference.

Stuttering Unblocked: Freeing Your Speech from the Neurological "Brick Wall" - NEW! 

Video excerpts from William Parry's presentation at the National Stuttering Association annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, July 5, 2013.

Part One: Understanding the "Brick Wall"

Part Two: Valsalva Stuttering Therapy

Introduction to the Worldwide Valsalva Stuttering Therapy Program (VIDEOS)

Three videos discussing the neurological, physiological, and psychological factors in stuttering blocks, and the fundamental principles of Valsalva Stuttering Therapy.

Stuttering Blocks Explained (VIDEO)

If you stutter, do words sometimes feel like "brick walls"? Do you repeat, prolong, or force on initial consonants? Do your blocks get stronger the harder you try to break through them? In this video, William Parry, a licensed speech pathologist, explains these common stuttering behaviors, based on his clinical research on Valsalva Control Therapy. It will show that the problem is not in saying the consonant, but rather the neurological substitution of effort in place of phonation of the word's vowel sound. This reaction may be triggered by the anticipation of difficulty or the urge to use effort to reduce anxiety.

New Insights and Tools To Beat Stuttering Blocks, by William D. Parry, CCC-SLP.

Results of Bill Parry's first clinical study of Valsalva Control Therapy - plus video showing dramatic initial results of Phase 2 intensive therapy study - presented at the National Stuttering Association annual conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, July 7, 2011.  

The Valsalva-Stuttering System: Beliefs, Intention and Effort, by William D. Parry, CCC-SLP.  

Stuttering Blocks and the "Speech Alarm System," by William D. Parry, CCC-SLP.  

The Neurological Triggering of Stuttering Blocks, by William D. Parry, CCC-SLP.  

Valsalva Control Stuttering Therapy: A Brief Introduction, by William D. Parry, CCC-SLP. 

Reducing Stuttering Blocks by Controlling the Body's Valsalva Mechanism, by William D. Parry, CCC-SLP.

Results of Bill Parry's first clinical study of Valsalva Control Therapy, presented at the International Stuttering Association's 9th World Congress for People Who Stutter, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2011.  

Introduction to Stuttering, "Valsalva Stuttering" and Valsalva Control, by William D. Parry, CCC-SLP.

Stuttering and the Valsalva Mechanism: A Key To Understanding and Controlling Stuttering Blocks, by William D. Parry, CCC-SLP.

Why is stuttering usually worst when the words are most important? This article shows how a natural bodily function - the Valsalva mechanism - may turn our efforts to speak into the very blocks we are trying so hard to avoid. It explains why it is so hard for people who stutter to stop stuttering, and suggests a new approach to stuttering therapy.  This introductory article is based on Bill Parry's presentation to the 1995 World Congress for People Who Stutter in Linköping, Sweden.

Phonation and Valsalva-Stuttering Blocks, by William D. Parry, CCC-SLP.  

Detrimental Self-Talk and Stuttering - A Flow Chart, by William D. Parry, CCC-SLP. 

William Parry's workshop presentation at the NSA conference in July 2009:

Video excerpts from the "Beating Stuttering Blocks" workshop

Beating Stuttering Blocks (PowerPoint)

Beating Stuttering Blocks (PDF)

Diagnosing Valsalva Stuttering: Suggested Criteria, by William D. Parry, CCC-SLP.

Beating Stuttering Blocks: Some Basic Suggestions for Valsalva Control Stuttering Therapyl, by William D. Parry, CCC-SLP.

For those interested in William Parry's book:

Understanding and Controlling Stuttering: A Comprehensive New Approach Based on the Valsalva Hypothesis - Information about William Parry's book, available from the National Stuttering Association and Amazon.com.

Other Sources of Information and Support:

The National Stuttering Association

The Philadelphia Area Chapter of the National Stuttering Association

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Stuttering Foundation of America

Stuttering Home Page

Contact Information:

William D. Parry, CCC-SLP

A licensed speech-language pathologist, offering Valsalva Stuttering Therapy in person in Bala Cynwyd, PA (near Philadelphia), and by video conferencing over the Internet (depending on location and subject to applicable law). 

Mail: P.O. Box 55, Merion Station, PA 19066-0055

Phone: 215-620-6792

E-mail: stuttertherapy@aol.com

Websites:

Stuttering Therapy and Counseling: www.stutteringtherapist.com
        E-mail:
stuttertherapy@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.  If you are interested in therapy, send an e-mail to stuttertherapy@aol.com to inquire about a free consultation. 

The Revised and Expanded Third Edition of Understanding and Controlling Stuttering (2013) may be ordered from the National Stuttering Association or from Amazon.com.

For information concerning stuttering self-help and support, please contact:

National Stuttering Association

119 West 40th Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Telephone: (800) 364-1677 or (800) WE STUTTER

Fax: (212) 944-8244

e-mail: info@WeStutter.org

Updated 4/13/14

 

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Last revised: 4/14/14