This medical video focus' on the new technology which is allowing children with a stutter to speak easier.
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Jennifer Matthews: In some situations, Wesley Paulson usually lets his PowerPoint program do the talking. Speaking to groups makes his stuttering worse. Wesley Paulson: It gets very annoying and sometimes embarrassing when I just can't say what I want to say. I mean, I want to say something, but it just won't come out. Jennifer Matthews: A device in Wesley's ear the size of a hearing aid called a speech easy makes his speech on stuttering, stutter-free. JOE KALINOWSKI and colleagues developed the device after a decade of research into a well-established phenomenonstutterers don't stutter when speaking in unison with others. Dr. Joe Kalinowski: This SpeechEasy device fools the brain into thinking someone else is speaking at the same time, but that someone else is you. Jennifer Matthews: Stutterers hear their own voice but with a slight delay and difference in pitch. Still some experts say conventional speech therapy may still be the best approach, especially for young children. Richard Shine: It's a very natural procedure working one on one with a speech language pathologist without using any type of assistive device. Jennifer Matthews: Kalinowski says conventional therapy never helped him. That's what drove him to invent a device he now uses himself. Dr. Joe Kalinowski: It's a childhood of trauma, taunting, teasing. Jennifer Matthews: A life he wants kids like Wesley to avoid. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.
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