Online therapy helps stutterers as well as therapy in the consulting room

Online therapy helps stutterers as well as therapy in the consulting room

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Teletherapy for stutterers on par with treatment in the consulting room
Around 800,000 people in Germany stutter. They often suffer twice, on the one hand from their speech disorder, on the other hand from the reactions of their fellow human beings. A new study has now concluded that online therapy helps stutterers as well as a comparable treatment in the consulting room.

Over one percent of Germans stutter
More than one percent of the population in Germany stutters. Unfortunately, the interruption of the flow of speech due to conspicuous blockages, repetitions or stretches often leads to children, in particular, often becoming victims of bullying. Stuttering usually ends with puberty, but by no means everyone. Why some people stutter and others do not has not been sufficiently researched.

Different therapeutic approaches
Different therapy approaches are available for stuttering children, adolescents and adults, which are offered in different forms. A distinction is made between two main directions: "Stutter modification (also called" non-avoidance approach ") and learning speech techniques (" Fluency Shaping ")," explains the Bundesvereinigung Stottern & Selbsthilfe e. V. on their website. You don't necessarily have to go to a treatment room for this, as a scientific study now shows.

Online offers help as well as treatment in the consulting room
The study commissioned by Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) comes to the conclusion that teletherapy helps stutterers as well as comparable face-to-face therapy. As the cash register reports in a message, the team around Professor Dr. Harald Euler systematically recorded both the measurable speaking success and the perceived improvement over a period of one year and compared it with an on-site group in an internal research report.

The result: "With regard to the stuttering frequency, both treatment formats of the same therapy procedure showed an effect with moderately high to high effect size, with regard to the subjective impairment with very high effect size", says Euler.

No loss of quality
Online therapy against stuttering has been offered in cooperation with TK for years.

“Teletherapy makes it possible for us to be able to bring a high-quality offer such as the Kassel stuttering therapy to any place in Germany. Now we know that this treatment does not cause any loss of quality from a distance, ”said Dr. Susanne Klein, Head of Unit in Telecommunications Supply Management.

"In perspective, we see great potential for a number of other teletherapeutic offers that help to bridge temporal and spatial distances," said the expert.

Online communication will be a matter of course in ten years
Online offers such as teletherapy are also increasingly popular with the population. According to the TK- # Smarthealth study, around 82 percent of those surveyed assume that online communication will be a matter of course in ten years, and 68 percent believe that in the future, medical professionals will also regularly take care of their patients online.

This is how teletherapy works
At the beginning of the teletherapy of stutterers there is participation in a diagnostics and information day in Kassel, so that the therapists can get a personal impression of their online protégé.

This is followed by a pure online therapy based on the principle of so-called "Fluency Shaping" - the goal is a changed, softer way of speaking in order to alleviate the stuttering or even to overcome it entirely. This begins with a ten-day intensive phase with almost daily sessions lasting several hours to work on speaking.

The therapy takes place in individual and group sessions. A computer-assisted program helps you practice outside of therapy sessions. (ad)

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