Dual tasking and stuttering: From the laboratory to the clinic

Metten, Christine, Bosshardt, Hans-Georg, Jones, Mark, Eisenhuth, John, Block, Susan, Carey, Brenda, O'Brian, Sue, Packman, Ann, Onslow, Mark and Menzies, Ross (2011) Dual tasking and stuttering: From the laboratory to the clinic. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33 11: 933-944. doi:10.3109/09638288.2010.515701

Author Metten, Christine
Bosshardt, Hans-Georg
Jones, Mark
Eisenhuth, John
Block, Susan
Carey, Brenda
O'Brian, Sue
Packman, Ann
Onslow, Mark
Menzies, Ross
Title Dual tasking and stuttering: From the laboratory to the clinic
Journal name Disability and Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-8288
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/09638288.2010.515701
Volume 33
Issue 11
Start page 933
End page 944
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose. The aim of the three studies in this article was to develop a way to include dual tasking in speech restructuring treatment for persons who stutter (PWS). It is thought that this may help clients maintain the benefits of treatment in the real world, where attentional resources are frequently diverted away from controlling fluency by the demands of other tasks.

Method. In Part 1, 17 PWS performed a story-telling task and a computer semantic task simultaneously. Part 2 reports the incorporation of the Part 1 protocol into a handy device for use in a clinical setting (the Dual Task and Stuttering Device, DAS-D). Part 3 is a proof of concept study in which three PWS reported on their experiences of using the device during treatment.

Results. In Part 1, stuttering frequency and errors on the computer task both increased under dual task conditions, indicating that the protocol would be appropriate for use in a clinical setting. All three participants in Part 3 reported positively on their experiences using the DAS-D.

Conclusions. Dual tasking during treatment using the DAS-D appears to be a viable clinical procedure. Further research is required to establish effectiveness.
Keyword Stuttering
Dual tasking
Social phobia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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