NeoDialog SpeechHelper - communication training software for people who stutter.
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NeoDialog SpeechHelper - New Approach to Effective Communication Training Applied to Stuttering

NEODIALOG SPEECHHELPER >> - this unique computer technology models different situations of communication: objection, disagreement, flattery, criticism, anger, request, friendship and others which are recorded by professional actors and stored in the database. Having heard the phrases spoken by a “virtual partner” (using headphones), the user then replies into a microphone (or read the recommended reply displayed on the monitor). Each reply is analyzed and on the monitor appears an objective assessment of the user’s contact with the “virtual partner” based on an analysis of tempo-rhythm and intoning. Details >>

Russ Hicks, Past President of the Dallas Chapter of the National Stuttering Association (NSA), compares stuttering to the tip of the iceberg, the bulk of which consists of fear, guilt, anxiety, contact avoidance, isolation. This bulk of the iceberg has tight connection with impairment of person's non-verbal communication.

The results of our questionnaire speak in favor of taking into consideration the psychology of SNVC (speech non-verbal communication) , the behavioral grounds of stuttering as a neurosis. Participants answered the following question: Do you stutter when you speak “alone in a room” (when you are speaking aloud or reading aloud, speaking to the animals or to a pet, when no one is around to hear you)? Results showed that 62% do not stutter and 21% stutter significantly less in such circumstances. Only 12% claimed to stutter as they would in real conversation. 4% found it difficult to answer the question.

The majority of people do not stutter when they are alone. When other people are absent they can express their thoughts fluently. However, when it comes to having a live conversation (active conversation with another person), even with close friends or relatives, many begin to stutter. There are also those who, while it may be reduced, continue to stutter when alone but this is most certainly not the majority. The majority only stutters during a live conversation and this is in fact one of our many psychological defenses coming to the foreground.

The stuttering is not always a clear speech defect (i.e. a person may not always audibly stutter in the conventional sense). Stuttering is evidenced also by its more nuanced elements: a low level of intoning, poor mimicking, lack of expressiveness, and a low level of SNVC (speech non-verbal communication) .

In the basic NEODIALOG SPEECHHELPER >> is NEODIALOG >> technology.

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Answer the following question if you are the PWS (Person who stutters):

Do you stutter when you speak "alone in a room" (when you are saying your own thoughts out loud or reading aloud, speaking to the animals, when nobody can hear you) ?

Yes, as in real conversation
Significantly less
No, I don't
I find it difficult to answer this

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