Information about improving fluency by controlling the physiological mechanism that may cause stuttering blocks.
William D. Parry, Esq., CCC-SLP
Valsalva Stuttering Therapy is a comprehensive new approach for treating the most common form of stuttering, often referred to as “persistent developmental stuttering.? Valsalva Control is based on the realization that most stuttering is caused not by a lack of ability to speak, but rather by an interference with that ability. This interference is physiological in nature, but it may be triggered by various psychological factors. In addition to addressing the psychological factors, Valsalva Control promotes easy, natural speech by controlling the physiological mechanism that causes stuttering blocks.
Rather than focusing on controlling one's speech, Valsalva Stuttering Therapy is aimed at relaxing the Valsalva mechanism and reducing the urge to exert effort, so as to free the person’s own natural speaking ability. Valsalva Control intentionally does not emphasize fluency, because any effort to “stop stuttering?would tend to activate the Valsalva mechanism and be self-defeating. Instead, the goal is to make speech easier and more enjoyable.
The following are links to further information about stuttering and Valsalva Control Therapy on this and other websites:
Information about William Parry's book
Video excerpts from William Parry's presentation at the National Stuttering Association annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, July 5, 2013:
Stuttering Unblocked: Freeing Your Speech from the Neurological "Brick Wall"
An article based on William Parry's presentation at the National Stuttering Association annual conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, July 7, 2011, including results of the Results of Bill Parry's first clinical study of Valsalva Stuttering Therapy and videos showing dramatic initial results of Phase 2 intensive Valsalva Stuttering Therapy study:
An article based on William Parry's presentation at the International Stuttering Association's 9th World Congress for People Who Stutter, in May 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina:
William Parry's PowerPoint presentation at the NSA conference in July 2009:
William Parry's website about stuttering, the Valsalva mechanism, and Valsalva Control therapy for stuttering:
William Parry's stuttering therapy website:
Wordwide stuttering therapy by video conferencing:
William Parry's article on
William Parry's website about combating discrimination:
Support Groups for People Who Stutter
Last revised November 10, 2013