- Category: 2003 IFA Congress Articles
Marilyn Langevin and Deborah Kully
Institute for Stuttering Treatment & Research (ISTAR), The University of Alberta, 3rd floor; 8220 - 114 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5J 2P4
This report focuses on the process of maintenance for four subjects over a 5 year longitudinal period. Findings indicated that: fluctuations in fluency occurred but were not excessive, slower rates of speech can sound relatively natural, the expectancy to stutter remained salient in spite of good maintenance of speech gains, there were general trends for either maintenance of improved post-treatment confidence in approaching a variety of speech situations or improvement over the follow-up period, and either post treatment normalization of communication attitudes was maintained or normalization was achieved at 5 years. All subjects were maintaining a substantial amount of their post- treatment speech and emotional/attitudinal gains at 5 years follow-up.