Most frequent stuttering treatments in Germany of little effectiveness

7. February 2014

Persons treated for stuttering typically have a history of various therapies. In a retrospective client evaluation of the five most popular German stuttering treatments, two kinds of therapies, namely fluency shaping and stuttering modification, showed good effectiveness. The three other treatments, however (breathing regulation, individual unspecified logopedic treatment, hypnosis), were of unsatisfactory long-term effectiveness (Euler et al. The effectiveness of stuttering treatment in Germany. Journal of Fluency Disorders, in press). The effectiveness gap between the good and the unsatisfactory treatments was large. Unfortunately, the effective therapies were not the most frequent ones. An unspecified logopedic therapy with a weekly session of individual treatment is hardly recommendable. More promising are intensive treatments which incorporate goup sessions.