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Effectiveness of speech therapy in enhancing fluency: comparison of performance in different tasks

Grant number: 14/09404-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2015
Effective date (End): October 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Speech Therapy
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Cláudia Regina Furquim de Andrade
Grantee:Julia Biancalana Costa
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FM). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This study aims to compare the speech performance of adults with stuttering before and after fluency enhancing treatment. The speech will be analyzed in different tasks. Spontaneous speech tasks will be monologue and conversation. Non spontaneous tasks will be automatic speech and singing. Reading tasks will be individual and chorus reading. The results will also be compared in terms of self-perception of speech functionality. Participants will be adults with stuttering (GP) and without stuttering (GC) matched for gender, age and educational attainment, in a population sample of at least 20 participants. It will be understood as a positive treatment effect for GP the reduction of stuttering events in different tasks and self-perception of speech functionality. For data analysis, the relevant statistical tests will be used. The study hypothesis is that after fluency promoting treatment, people with stuttering will present lower rates of speech disruptions in all situations tested, by the influence of the effect of rhythm on fluency processing. The study hypothesis is that after treatment to promote fluency people who stutter will present lower rates of breakage and increased functionality of speech, in all situations tested, confirming the data from the literature showing the variability of creep determined by effect of rhythm on speech processing. The research is clinically and socially relevant, since quantify the improvement in the patient's condition, not only in one speech situation but in different speaking situations, indicate a real change in the pattern of motor speech and not just a behavioral modification. Through variability of autoperceptual functional index will be also checked the comfort and satisfaction with your own speech. (AU)

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COSTA, Julia Biancalana. Effectiveness of fluency shaping program: comparing the performance in different speech tasks. 2016. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Medicina (FM/SBD) São Paulo.

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