ROANOKE, Va., Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hollins Communications Research Institute (HCRI – www.stuttering.org) is once again breaking new ground in the effective treatment of stuttering. The nonprofit center for stuttering research and therapy has released a next-generation stuttering treatment program called Hollins Fluency System III: High Definition Speech Reconstruction for Stuttering (Hollins Fluency System III-HD).
This new release further elevates HCRI's award-winning therapy by making fluency acquisition more powerful, specific and learnable, according to HCRI President Ronald L. Webster, Ph.D. Built on a new computer framework, Hollins Fluency System III-HD incorporates the Institute's latest research findings. These include more exacting definitions of speech behaviors that generate fluent speech and greater specificity in therapy instruction sets that make fluency possible for people who stutter.
"Hollins Fluency System III-HD represents the latest evolution of an already sophisticated stuttering therapy. Grounded in science, it is the most advanced of the stuttering therapies we have developed," Webster explained.
Hollins Fluency System III-HD integrates the newest discoveries in speech-signal analysis to precisely measure utterances, evaluate them quantitatively and deliver instant, highly accurate feedback about response accuracy to therapy participants. The immediacy of real-time speech measurement facilitates strong voice-control learning that drives the acquisition and retention of fluency skills. It also accelerates the transfer of new speaking capabilities from HCRI's clinical setting to real-world environments.
"Hollins Fluency System III-HD represents another step in HCRI's mission to bring reliable, effective and science-driven methods to the treatment of stuttering," Webster said. "Including high definition as a descriptor in the program name calls attention to the exceptional level of detail that defines how stuttering therapy must be structured, delivered and measured to be consistently effective."
During HCRI's 12-day stuttering therapy program, specially trained clinicians work one-on-one with participants to instruct, evaluate and guide them through each required step in the stuttering treatment system. The use of proprietary computer software and a mobile app during therapy help make fluency acquisition faster and long lasting. Post-therapy clinical support and a comprehensive package of practice tools help keep participants on track with fluency throughout their lives.
More than 6,500 people from 50 countries have participated in HCRI stuttering therapy, which is conducted at the center's treatment facility in Roanoke, Virginia. Research demonstrates that treatment is successful across a very wide range of stuttering types and severities. Among therapy participants, 93% achieve fluency in 12 days and 70 to 75% retain fluent speech when evaluated one and two years post therapy.
HCRI was founded by Ronald L Webster, Ph.D. in 1972 to investigate stuttering through scientific discovery and treatment innovation. Virginia-based HCRI, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, has become an international leader in stuttering research and the development of scientifically derived therapy approaches.
Clients come from all walks of life and include broadcaster John Stossel; Annie Glenn, wife of Senator and Astronaut John Glenn; as well as athletes, teachers, engineers, musicians, students, doctors, military personnel, business professionals, police officers, actors, a supreme court nominee, and even royalty.
Hollins Fluency System III-HD is now available to those individuals seeking effective treatment for their stuttering.
HCRI is located at 7851 Enon Drive, Roanoke, Va. 24019. For more information, visit www.stuttering.org or contact HCRI at 855-236-7032.
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