Research: PACKMAN and MEREDITH,

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Abstract

PACKMAN and MEREDITH, Australian Stuttering Research Centre, University of Sydney, Lidcombe. ann.packman@sydney.edu.au review the development of new technologies which help and treat people who stutter.

Background

The World Wide Web (WWW) was 20 years old last year. Enormous amounts of information about stuttering are now available to anyone who can access the Internet. Compared to 20 years ago, people who stutter and their families can now make more informed choices about speech-language interventions, from a distance.

Methodology

Blogs and chat rooms provide opportunities for people who stutter to share their experiences from a distance and to support one another. New technologies are also being adopted into speech-language pathology practice and service delivery.

Results

Telehealth is an exciting development as it means that treatment can now be made available to many rural and remotely located people who previously did not have access to it. Possible future technological developments for speech-language pathology practice include Internet based treatments and the use of Virtual Reality. Having speech and CBT treatments for stuttering available on the Internet would greatly increase their accessibility. Second Life also has exciting possibilities for people who stutter.

Conclusion

Educational objectives: The reader will (1) explain how people who stutter and their families can get information about stuttering from the World Wide Web, (2) discuss how new technologies have been applied in speech-language pathology practice, and (3) summarize the principles and practice of telehealth delivery of services for people who stutter and their families.

References

Packman A and Meredith G. Technology and the evolution of clinical methods for stuttering. [Review] Source Journal of Fluency Disorders. 36(2):75-85. Jun 2011.

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