The increasing influence of digital media on all aspects of life, especially the use of Internet and smartphone, has not left even the field of healthcare practice untouched. Telerehabilitation, implying the use of telecommunications in rehabilitation activities, is being used widely in the treatment of communication and mental health disorders. The use of telerehabilitation services makes rehabilitation more feasible, fast, time-saving and cost-effective for people who face constraints in physically presenting themselves to healthcare providers due to extent of retardation, illness or commuting issues. It is thus a boon for the people who stay in remote areas and have no access to healthcare professionals in close vicinity. Therefore, research is underway on the optimal means to deliver telerehabilitation services both locally and globally and is now seen as a critical activity in healthcare.

Telerehabilitation in Stuttering

Telerehabilitation in stuttering
Rakesh C.V. Santosh Maruthy

Introduction

Stuttering is a fluency disorder that affects the communication abilities of an individual in a social context. Stuttering comprises both overt (repetitions, blocks, and prolongations) and covert behaviours (anxiety, shame, fear and negative attitude). Typically stuttering begins in early childhood, that is, between the age of two and five years (Guitar 2013; Ratner and Silverman 2000; Yairi, Ambrose and Grinager 2005), and is prevalent in both children and adults (Hull et al. 1976). Spontaneous recovery in young children without any treatment is considered to be one of the most noteworthy features of stuttering (Yairi and Seery 2015). A varied range of spontaneous recovery rates has been reported in the ...

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