The Valsalva Stuttering Network

William D. Parry, CCC-SLP

 

Valsalva Stuttering Therapy is available worldwide, through video-conferencing over the Internet.

(Depending on location and subject to applicable law.  A good webcam and reliable high-speed Internet connection are required, plus a Skype account and the ability to open and print PDF documents.  Participants must have good competency in written and spoken English.)

Valsalva Stuttering Therapy is a comprehensive new approach to stuttering therapy, which seeks to improve fluency by controlling the physiological mechanism ? the Valsalva mechanism ?that may be involved in stuttering blocks.  Rather than teaching "fluency shaping" or focusing on controlling one's speech, Valsalva Stuttering Therapy is aimed at addressing the physiological, neurological, and psychological factors that interfere with the natural speaking ability that you already have Its goal is not artificial fluency, but freeing the stutterer's natural speaking ability and making speech easier and more enjoyable. 

The Standard Valsalva Stuttering Therapy Program includes 15 hours of therapy over a period of approximately 4 monthsThe therapy can be done either by Skype?/font> (depending on location and subject to applicable law) or in person in Bala Cynwyd, PA (near Philadelphia).  In addition to therapy sessions, participants must also do at least one hour of practice every day, plus other assignments.  Additional therapy is available, as needed, on an hourly basis. 

Valsalva Stuttering Therapy addresses the physiological, neurological, and psychological aspects of stuttering, teaching effective new ways to:

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Reduce the occurrence of stuttering blocks, and

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Dissolve stuttering blocks when they occur, using  revolutionary new procedures.

Rather than focusing on "controlling" one's speech, Valsalva Stuttering Therapy promotes easy, natural speech by:

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Relaxing the Valsalva mechanism,

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Reducing the urge to exert effort,

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Diverting effort impulses to a part of the Valsalva mechanism that does not interfere with speech,

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Treating words as a continuous flow of movement and phonation, rather than as physical objects, and

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Promoting the voicing of vowel sounds and self-expression through the music of your voice, so as to free your own natural speaking ability. 

Valsalva Stuttering Therapy intentionally does not emphasize "fluency" per se, because efforts to “stop stuttering?are usually self-defeating.  Natural fluency cannot be forced. Instead, the goal is to free you to express yourself in an easy, effortless, and natural way, thereby allowing natural fluency to follow on its own.

Valsalva Stuttering Therapy, in its current form, has been developed through actual clinical  experience, experimentation, and practice-based evidence, involving the participation of more than one hundred persons who stutter from all over the world. Individualized counseling also helps you transfer Valsalva-relaxed speech to everyday speaking situations.

Valsalva Stuttering Therapy has been very effective in promoting easier, less effortful, natural-sounding speech in everyday speaking situations.

In order to allow the therapy sessions to focus more efficiently on your own specific needs, the therapy program is supplemented by the following Materials Package, which can be downloaded:

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A series of educational and instructional videos, especially made for therapy participants, totaling more than 13 hours. The videos graphically explain and illustrate important information, concepts, techniques, and exercises that are generally applicable to all participants in Valsalva Stuttering Therapy.

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An accompanying Reference Manual.

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Extensive written exercise modules, totaling more than 200 pages.

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A special electronic version of William Parry's book, Understanding & Controlling Stuttering (3rd Edition).

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Mp3 audio files to reinforce Valsalva-relaxed breathing, phonation, and intentions in speaking.

You will also be invited to join The Valsalva Stuttering Network - a restricted Yahoo group open to all past and present participants in the program. This is a mutual support network for the purposes of finding practice buddies, setting up video conferences with other past or present participants, and having access to new developments in Valsalva Stuttering Therapy.

The time required to obtain optimal results will vary depending on each individual. However, the insights and skills learned from Valsalva Stuttering Therapy may enable you to achieve further progress on your own, while reducing the possibility of relapse.  You can also arrange additional therapy on an hourly basis, as needed.

Fee Schedule

Rev. 6/25/16

 

U.S. Dollars**

Euros*

Br. Pounds*

Regular Hourly Rates:

 

 

 

Online therapy

$125

N/A

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In-office therapy

$150

N/A

N/A

Standard Online Therapy Program

15 Hours of online therapy (20% discount) plus Materials Package.

$1,500

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N/A

Materials Package Only

Not including therapy.

$399

N/A

N/A

*Due to the present volatility of currency markets, all fees must be paid in U.S. Dollars until further notice.  The conversion will be made automatically by PayPal or your credit card company based on the applicable exchange rate at the time of the transaction.

**Applicable to countries not using Euros or British Pounds. Additional discounts may be available in certain countries.

E-mail William Parry at contact@valsalva.org for further information.   Free video conferences may be arranged for persons interested in therapy.

Links to further information.

Copyright ?2016 by William D. Parry

 

Contact Information:

 William D. Parry, CCC-SLP
A licensed speech-language pathologist, offering Valsalva Stuttering Therapy and counseling in person near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and by video conferencing over the Internet (subject to location and 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
Stuttering and the Law: www.stutterlaw.com

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

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
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