Monday, May 07, 2007

ISA live (I)

Right now, I am in a talk at the ISA conference. Already after the first slide, I fundamentally disagree with the lecturer! So let me talk about the research session that I chaired this morning.

Patrick Kelly talked about his experience as a therapist for a rural area in Ireland. He has worked there for more than 10 years and sent out a questionnaire to all his past children that he treated. He reports are very high recovery from stuttering; I think 44 out of 46.

Then Jelena Tadic showed evidence that many children who stutter also have articulatory problems. However, her sample was quite small, less than 20. So I am a bit skeptical.

Then Soster claimed that the voice of people who stutter shows difference to normal speaker's voice. I am a bit skeptical, and suggested that she should do the reverse test, i.e. is it possible to identify stutterers by only listening to their voices?

2 comments:

Ludovich said...

Has Per Alm been invited as a lecturer for this Congreess?

Tom Weidig said...

No, Per is not at the conference. He will go to the cluttering conference in Bulgaria, I think.