STUTTERING THERAPY for Adults and School-Age Children using CAFET®
The CAFET® (Computer-Aided Fluency Establishment Training) computer system was specifically designed to evaluate and to treat stuttering. With the help of a microphone and a respiratory sensor, the program assesses various aspects of the client’s breathing and voicing patterns while talking. During treatment the system is used to provide visual biofeedback to help the client learn fluency facilitating techniques that can help reduce stuttering. In addition to easy voice onset, it teaches the client to coordinate their breathing with the onset of speech, to breathe without breath holding, and to maintain the speech flow throughout the phrase.
During each therapy session the client practices fluency facilitating techniques numerous times while being able to observe on the computer screen what they are doing and how accurately they are performing the fluency techniques. The client is then asked to practice these techniques at home and is assisted in transferring these skills into their everyday speech. The major components of the adult CAFET® program are usually covered in approximately 20 – 30 therapy sessions. However, progress is highly dependent upon the initial severity of the problem and the client’s amount of practice on their own time.
Two versions of CAFET® are available at SpeechCare. The regular CAFET® program targets teens to adults. CAFET® for Kids is designed for children six and older.
In addition to CAFET®, clients receive information and participate in activities and discussions to assist them in dealing with the emotional aspects of stuttering. Sessions can include activities to improve verbal communication skills, such as job interview preparation, use of the telephone, and social interactions.
If you or your school-age child are stuttering, call SpeechCare (717) 569-8972 to set up an appointment.
Stuttering Foundation of America, www.stutteringhelp.org
National Stuttering Association, www.WeStutter.org
Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania, www.stutteringcenter.org