Charles Runyan @ James Madison University

Professor and graduate coordinator in CSD department of James Madison University, Harrisburg, VA. His research interest focuses on cleft palate and stuttering, but basically stuttering since his research lab, video analysis lab, is about the treatment protocols for adult and children stutterers and the neuromotor basis of stuttering.

His lab, video analysis lab, is stuffed with him and an associate professor, Ms Sara Runyan. What relationship these two have? Are they husband and wife?

Both Runyans seem to be clinicians more than researchers. They have developed a Fluency Rule Program for young stutterers, and they have collaboration with Walter Reed Army Medical Center intensive stuttering program (Washington, D.C.), which treatment program features the usage of Computer Assisted Fluency Establishment Trainer (CAFET).

Plus, both Runyans are SpeechEasy providers. They are listed in as affiliated with a Winchester Speech Pathologist, P.C., which locates in Winchester, VA, a place almost 200 miles away from Harrisburg.

What is "Cafet"?
Cafet is the acronym for "Computer-Aided Fluency Establishment Training." It is a tool which was developed to help the speech clinician treat the stuttering client comprehensively, from identification of the problem through retention of the fluency skills following therapy. Cafet was developed by Annandale Fluency Clinic starting in 1983, with help from a research grant through the National Institutes of Health. It is used in speech clinics, hospitals, and school systems throughout the United States and Canada.

The client wears a respiratory sensor and a tiny microphone, which feed into a computer system. Cafet presents the patient’s voice and breathing as visual biofeedback on the computer screen. Rather than trying to change only the surface behaviors of stuttering, the underlying physiological behaviors are addressed through muscle retraining.

The computer program teaches the patient to coordinate the breathing with the onset of speech, to breathe without breath holding, and to maintain the speech flow throughout the phrase. Some people have called the process "physical therapy for the vocal cords." These aspects of coordination are practiced so thoroughly, that they maintain and become part of the everyday speech of the patient.


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