Consumer’s Corner Electronic Fluency Aids Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   September 01, 1999
Consumer’s Corner
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Fluency Disorders / Consumer's Corner / Viewpoint
Viewpoint   |   September 01, 1999
Consumer’s Corner
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, September 1999, Vol. 9, 6-8. doi:10.1044/ffd9.3.6
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, September 1999, Vol. 9, 6-8. doi:10.1044/ffd9.3.6
This article is about electronic devices for stuttering. Some call them “fluency aids.” I prefer the term “anti-struggling” devices, because what they do is change the nature of my stuttering and, as a result, remove the burden of stuttered speech. Few people who stutter are familiar with them. Other than through self-help and Internet discussion groups, there is no way for the manufacturers of these devices to advertise their existence. In the past, some speech pathologists were hostile towards their use, but that hostility has diminished. While some professionals still oppose their use as a matter of principle (stutterers should not depend on a “crutch” for fluency), many professionals are simply unaware of their existence or, if they are aware, have never seen them used.
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