Statement on stuttering therapy by Dr. Schuran
Stuttering therapy in Western Europe is generally covered satisfactorily by the respective speech therapy practices on an outpatient basis. The stutterer goes to the practice and is practiced there for 10 or 20 hours, if necessary with necessary follow-up prescriptions.
Now these therapy schemes, whatever they may look like, are not suitable for all our patients. The light stutterer will be satisfied with our range of therapies, but especially the heaviest stutterers fail regularly through the network of outpatient care. After many years of therapy attempts and changes of therapist, a great deal of frustration usually occurs. In such a situation, outpatient therapy has reached its limits. Consequently, we are all well advised to have our patients treated as inpatients. Facilities such as Mrs. Schütz's stuttering center can be considered.
There, the D.E.L.P.H.I.N. method, which is presented further, is used with great success. In my experience, a severe stutterer can only rarely be adequately treated on an outpatient basis. I can also make this assessment in my capacity as chairman of the professional association of ENT doctors in Hesse. We all know our patients frequently over years and suffer if the ordered therapy is not effective. Only the compact block therapy brings us back a satisfied patient who now also notices that he can achieve a normal speech pattern.
Of course, the D.E.L.P.H.I.N. method is no guarantee for success, but the available data about treated patients, as well as the retrospective view, and the experience with own patients are so promising that the severe stutterer should hardly be treated differently. The former help for the acceptance of stuttering, which was once often given by the therapists, should now be finally put aside. We all hope that the method will become more widespread so that many more stutterers can be helped.
Dr. Volker Schuran
ENT Doctor / Chairman of the Professional Association of ENT Doctors
in Hesse and Member of the Federal Executive Board
Phoniatric statement on stuttering therapy according to Sabine Schütz
Stuttering still seems to many affected persons and their families a kind of mystical happening, to which one is more or less at the mercy of and should hinder some abilities, which could allegedly be unfolded without stuttering. At the same time, stuttering is a phenomenon which, despite a comparatively high number of therapies and therapy concepts, has not yet been solved in its development and maintenance.
All the more remarkable and noteworthy is therefore a therapy concept as it has been practiced by speech therapist Sabine Schütz for many years under inpatient conditions and supervision by a state doctor.
This concept, extended and modified by Sabine Schütz, now offers outpatient-intensive, in a condensation over a period of 3 weeks, for especially young stutterers who suffer in a special way from their social-communicative limitations during this personal discovery phase of puberty.
If then still with an information CD the effectiveness of this treatment beginning becomes demonstrated and verifiable, then from technical viewpoint all prospective customers and concerning are to be made courageous to know and use this convincing offer.
Prof. Dr. E. Kruse,
Director of the University Clinic for Phoniatrics
and Pedaudiology Göttingen
Encouraging treatment successes
Chronic stuttering is a serious and often difficult to access communication disorder that usually leads to psycholability, anxiety and isolation tendencies in adolescent and adult patients as the disease progresses.
With the holistic intensive training program for stuttering patients, as it is carried out in the speech therapy practice of Sabine Schütz, Bad Marienberg, I have seen very encouraging and lasting treatment successes throughout the years, especially with stuttering patients who have been resistant to therapy for many years and have considerable contact problems.
Dr. med. Barbara Haubrich, Churches
(active for 28 years in the ENT field)
Individual case study of the mode of action of the speech therapy of Mrs. Sabine Schütz
The effect of a 3-week logopaedic treatment in Bad Marienberg on an 11-year-old boy is retrospectively documented by the multimodal therapy concept of Sabine Schütz.
Several logopaedic ambulatory therapy attempts over 6 years as well as other holistically oriented procedures (osteopathy, homeopathy, breathing training) remained without effect with Jakob. In addition to the deterioration of the tonic stuttering, depressive episodes up to psychiatric treatment for children and adolescents, difficulties in school performance, social withdrawal and considerable self-doubt and fears occurred. A 3-week therapy with the multimodal concept of Mrs. Schütz from 16.5.-5.6.2010 was documented by the father, who is at the same time physician for general medicine and anthroposophic medicine.
A retrospective individual case study of Jakob and 9 other children with partly severe tonic-clonic stuttering. The successful use of 3 speech levels was observed, which the children first went through in individual therapy, later in group therapy. At the end of the 3 weeks each child receives a therapy plan and instructions for daily practice. The therapy concept is supplemented by drum lessons, breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation, environmental training and intensive parent coaching.
During the entire observation period as well as the follow-up 4 weeks after the end of therapy, Jakob experienced a breakthrough change in speech that was not considered possible. Jakob now speaks fluently with only isolated hangers at the beginning of the sentence. The flow of speech is constant and secure, the joy of speaking is awakened anew and the mental condition is now happy, open, self-confident and free. In the follow-up of the other 9 children, a dramatic improvement of the individual problems of speaking, the confident use of the 3rd speech level, the ability to correct oneself and a stabilization of the self-esteem, the socio-emotional behavior is evident in all of them. On a visual analogue scale (VAS of 1-10) there is an improvement in speech symtomatics from 2 to 8 after 3 weeks of therapy with Jakob. Similar results are available for the other 9 children.
Mrs. Schütz's therapy concept is understandable in its method, manageable and extremely successful to apply in severely stuttering children who have a long suffering behind them, all of whom were given little or no chance of recovery by experienced speech therapists.
Bert Raderschatt, Specialist in General Medicine, Anthroposophical Medicine (GAÄD)