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Overcoming Stuttering Using Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF): A Case Study
1. Sadeq Ali Saad Al-Yaari (Corresponding author); 2. Fayza Saleh Al Hammadi; 3. Salah Ayied Alyami; 4. Nassr Almaflehi
1. Independent Researcher, Dept. of English, College of Arts, King Saud University (KSU) Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; 2. Associate prof., Dept. of English, College of Arts, King Faisal University, Al-Hassa Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; 3. Assistant professor, Dept. of English, Dammam College of Technology, Dammam University Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; 4. A professor of Statistics, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University (KSU) Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Background: With the tremendous improvements in technology in producing new
techniques to overcome stuttering, many assumptions were stated from different aspects.
Aims: To in/validate some of the stuttering assumptions, the present study attempts to
investigate the role played by Delayed Auditory Feedback (DAF) device in overcoming
stuttering and improving stutterers’ fluency.
Methods: A client study of MO, a 23-year old bilingual student who exhibits stuttering and language delay due to psychological factors. An intensive therapeutic treatment which
continued for 20 months has been given to the client at hand. The client had to practice (in
English) ten(10) alphabetical characters, twenty (20) words (10 nouns and 10 verbs), and ten
(10)sentences for four continuous hours every day.
Results: The analyses of the client’s utterances throughout five entire sessions show that his
rate of speech became slower if not almost normal across increases in DAF. The findings
reveal that simultaneous application of both treatments on speaking through DAF was
successful in reducing the rate of stuttering in the speech of the client under investigation. It
all depends on age, determination, the level of severity, and the way he/she uses DAF. These
findings account for the results that support many theories of stuttering including Phonemic
Content Theory, Covert Repair Hypothesis (CRH) and Johnson's theory. Taken together, these
results weigh strongly against the hypothesis stated that stutterers have generally high levels
of emotional reactivity (e.g., Brutten/Shoemaker, 1967).
Stuttering, Overcome Delay, Auditory, Feedback, Case Study
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Volume 1, Number 2, - 2013 , ISSN 2325-0887
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