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If you reply to this post, I would like to tell you of my understanding and my own revelation of the Hollins therapy. Others may be interested in "my take"
and interpretation.


I'd very much like to hear it.

I am 37 years old and have a mild stutter.  I have went to cognitive therapy as well as traditional speech therapy for a very short period of time.  I also tried hypnotherapy as well as acupuncture.  I recently listened to an interview with John Stossel about stuttering and his experience with Hollins.  He sounded very similar to my experience and he also indicated that this was the best help for him.  I have recently enrolled in Hollins for next month and am curious about any experiences with Hollins. Admin - I noticed that you had indicated that this was the best help for you in particular.  Could you expound upon your experience?  If anyone else has experience, I would certainly be interested to hear your feedback.


Hi Mike,

It's I who should apologize for not replying to your post in Feb... My sincerest apologies Mike.

YES, I completed Hollins back in the early 90's and came out of it 100% fluent, This period of fluency lasted approximately 2 months while I was doing my daily practice lessons, Soon after this two month period the stutter (or rather my old behavior) began creeping up on me and I stuttered worse than before I entered Hollins... Don't get me wrong, I'm not throwing Hollins under the bus here, the program is excellent!, it's intensive and very effective. Your taught a new way of speaking, a new behavior that needs to take hold. I simply feel if I had followup therapy where I live in California, I would of been successful in overcoming my Stutter, I firmly believe this.  Having a coach is critical to the success of most therapies.

I was about 30 years old when I went to Hollins, Stuttered for 25 years... It's unrealistic to think your new behavior is going to take hold in the two week period your at Hollins, it's not going to happen, you need to practice your new way of speaking constantly for at least 6 months, perhaps longer depending on how old your are.

If you completed Hollins, please share with us your experience.... I hope you haven't relapsed, but in the event you did, PLEASE DON"T GIVE UP like I did, you can recover from it... Always stay in contact with your Hollins therapist, especially when going through a difficult time. And if you need any advice or support here, please don't hesitate.

Good luck my friend!


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Introduce yourself / Re: BEN LOEWY COURSE?? CAN I FIND IT HERE?
« on: May 19, 2012, 12:16:50 AM »
Hi Wallace,

It must of been a very old post on the message board, Amazon offered the set at one time and unfortunately it's no longer available (I'm sure you already know this)  I did a exhaustive search and turned up nothing other than referral links to Amazon..  Having not read or listened to Ben's audio set, I'd be very interested in obtaining the set myself so I can evaluate it...  I know that his success rate was quite high.

I believe the last time it was sold on Amazon was 2001, so if it hasn't been available in the last 11 years, it's going to be almost impossible purchasing from a retailer... Ben would also be 96 years old today, hopefully he's still around.. Your best bet is private party or "out of print" I checked some of the most popular "out of print" book sites and to no avail.... My suggestion is to just keep looking, one will eventually turn up.

If anyone out there has the set or tried Ben's technique, please let us know by posting here or send me a PM.

Thank you  :)


Unlocking a medical mystery: Stuttering

(CNN) -- A new study brings researchers one step closer to unraveling a medical mystery that has perplexed scientists for thousands of years: What causes people to stutter?

Research appearing in Wednesday's New England Journal of Medicine reveals three genetic mutations in the brain cells of people who stutter. The cells are located in the part of the brain that controls speech, which suggests that genes could play a big role in the disorder.

"People have looked for a cause of stuttering for 5,000 years," said Dennis Drayna, a researcher at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and a co-author of the study. "Many, many things have been suggested as a cause of stuttering. None of them have turned out to be true. For the first time today, we know one of the causes of this disorder."

"These mutations affect a process inside cells that degrades things that the cells don't need anymore," said Drayna. "This process is called the garbage can, or more like the recycling bin, of the cell. When this process gets interrupted, the cell goes haywire, and that causes problems."

These problems, according to the study, may explain why some people stutter.


New Technology and Research / Stuttering Foundation Hails New Research
« on: January 22, 2012, 10:40:07 PM »
This from the Stuttering Foundation

Stuttering Foundation Hails New Research

alt textMEMPHIS, Tenn. — The mystery behind a complex disorder called stuttering became a little clearer today with the announcement of the discovery of three genes for stuttering by Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., a director of the Stuttering Foundation and researcher for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
“This research is important because it’s another indication that emotional factors such as anxiety or ‘bad parenting’ do not cause stuttering. It could also point the way for a cure one day,” says Jane Fraser, president of the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation.
 “We hear every day from parents worried that they have caused their child’s stuttering. Parents don’t cause stuttering, and this research should lift the burden of guilt from their shoulders,” Fraser noted. “But because a cure may be years away, speech therapy and early intervention with young children remain the best option for now.”
“We have long known that stuttering runs in families,” says Fraser. “We want to emphasize that a genetic predisposition for stuttering does not mean a person will have a lifelong problem. Early treatment in young children can effectively prevent stuttering.”
Developing an understanding of the biological basis of stuttering may someday lead to better early diagnosis, differential treatments for people with genetic indicators, and a better understanding of how speech production happens differently for people who stutter. Although Dr. Drayna notes that his findings are unlikely to have any immediate impact on treatment, they nonetheless represent a giant step forward.

Listen to Dr. Drayna's interview with Sydney, Australia's largest talk radio station.

Below is the press release from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

5 p.m. EST
Jennifer Wenger
(301) 496-7243
Researchers Discover First Genes for Stuttering
Findings suggest common speech problem, in some cases, may actually be an inherited metabolic disorder
Stuttering may be the result of a glitch in the day-to-day process by which cellular components in key regions of the brain are broken down and recycled, says a study in the Feb. 10 Online First issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, led by researchers at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health, has identified three genes as a source of stuttering in volunteers in Pakistan, the United States, and England. Mutations in two of the genes have already been implicated in other rare metabolic disorders also involved in cell recycling, while mutations in a third, closely related, gene have now been shown to be associated for the first time with a disorder in humans.
“For hundreds of years, the cause of stuttering has remained a mystery for researchers and health care professionals alike, not to mention people who stutter and their families,” said James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., director of the NIDCD. “This is the first study to pinpoint specific gene mutations as the potential cause of stuttering, a disorder that affects 3 million Americans, and by doing so, might lead to a dramatic expansion in our options for treatment.”
Stuttering is a speech disorder in which a person repeats or prolongs sounds, syllables, or words, disrupting the normal flow of speech. It can severely hinder communication and a person’s quality of life. Most children who stutter will outgrow stuttering, although many do not; roughly 1 percent of adults stutter worldwide.  Current therapies for adults who stutter have focused on such strategies as reducing anxiety, regulating breathing and rate of speech, and using electronic devices to help improve fluency.
Stuttering tends to run in families, and researchers have long suspected a genetic component. Previous studies of stuttering in a group of families from Pakistan had been done by Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., a geneticist with the NIDCD, which indicated a place on chromosome 12 that was likely to harbor a gene variant that caused this disorder.
In the latest research, Dr. Drayna and his team refined the location of this place on chromosome 12 and focused their efforts on the new site. They sequenced the genes surrounding a new marker and identified mutations in a gene known as GNPTAB in the affected family members. The GNPTAB gene is carried by all higher animals, and helps encode an enzyme that assists in breaking down and recycling cellular components, a process that takes place inside a cell structure called the lysosome.
They then analyzed the genes of 123 Pakistani individuals who stutter—46 from the original families and 77 who are unrelated—as well as 96 unrelated Pakistanis who don’t stutter, and who served as controls. Individuals from the United States and England also took part in the study, 270 who stutter and 276 who don’t. The researchers found some individuals who stutter possessed the same mutation as that found in the large Pakistani family. They also identified three other mutations in the GNPTAB gene which showed up in several unrelated individuals who stutter but not in the controls.
GNPTAB encodes its enzyme with the help of another gene called GNPTG. In addition, a second enzyme, called NAGPA, acts at the next step in this process. Together, these enzymes make up the signaling mechanism that cells use to steer a variety of enzymes to the lysosome to do their work. Because of the close relationship among the three genes in this process, the GNPTG and NAGPA genes were the next logical place for the researchers to look for possible mutations in people who stutter. Indeed, when they examined these two genes, they found mutations in individuals who stutter, but not in control groups.
The GNPTAB and GNPTG genes have already been tied to two serious metabolic diseases known as mucolipidosis (ML) II and III. MLII and MLIII are part of a group of diseases called lysosomal storage disorders because improperly recycled cell components accumulate in the lysosome. Large deposits of these substances ultimately cause joint, skeletal system, heart, liver, and other health problems as well as developmental problems in the brain. They are also known to cause problems with speech.
“You might ask, why don’t people with the stuttering mutations have more serious complications? Why don’t they have an ML disease?” posed Dr. Drayna, senior author of the paper. “ML disorders are recessive. You need to have two copies of a defective gene in order to get the disease. Nearly all of the unrelated individuals in our study who stuttered had only one copy of the mutation. Also, with stuttering, the protein is still made, but it’s not made exactly right. With ML diseases, the proteins typically aren’t made at all. Still, there are a few complexities remaining to be understood, and we’d like to learn more about them.”
The findings open new research avenues into possible treatments for stuttering. For example, current treatment methods for some lysosomal storage disorders involve injecting manufactured enzyme into a person’s bloodstream to replace the missing enzyme. The researchers wonder if enzyme replacement therapy might be a possible method for treating some types of stuttering in the future.
The researchers estimate that roughly 9 percent of people who stutter possess mutations in one of the three genes. Among the next steps, they are conducting a worldwide epidemiological study to better determine the percentage of people who carry one or more of these mutations. They are also conducting biochemical studies to determine specifically how the mutations affect the enzymes.  A long-term goal is to use these findings to determine how this metabolic defect affects structures within the brain that are essential for fluent speech.
In addition to the NIDCD, researchers at the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan; the Hollins Communications Research Institute, Roanoke, Va.; the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI); and the NIH Clinical Center contributed to this work.

Introduce yourself / Re: Hello!
« on: November 23, 2011, 09:59:23 PM »
Welcome to the Forum!... Hollins was by far the most the successful treatment I received out of all stuttering therapies, it's behavioral therapy that retrains the way you speak...  I would be happy to share more with you, please create a thread in the main lobby.  ;)

Introduce yourself / About the Administator
« on: November 23, 2011, 05:08:16 AM »
As a former patient of NCS/Dr. Martin Schwartz, Power Stuttering, The Hollins Institute and a participant in the study for the drug "Pagoclone", I feel I can offer all of you some of my own personal insight on these very treatment methods, and share with you what worked and what didn't... 

I look forward to interacting with all of you!.



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