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As early as the 19th century, anxiety hypnotherapy has been used in the treatment of stuttering and other communication disorders. Hypnotic techniques administered by a therapist help establish deep relaxation. Self-hypnosis is later taught to enable the stutterer to benefit from the effects of relaxation on his/her own. Even with the first treatment, fluency improves significantly, at least during the trance experience. This demonstration of symptom relief can serve to increase the stutterer's motivation to continue his/her treatment.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|