James Sonnett Greene, M.D

Director of the National Hospital for Speech Disorders

Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine

Fellow of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society


Emilie J. Wells, B. A.

Supervisor at the National Hospital for Speech Disorders

Formerly Supervisor of Speech Improvement in the New York City Schools


Stuttering Treatment described in their book: The cause and cure of speech disorders (1927). NY: the Macmillan Company

  1. Patient begins his treatment.
  2. Learns that his stuttering speech is only a symptom of his condition.
  3. Learns how to operate his physical machine in a coordinated manner.
  4. Reduces incoordination, disharmony, becoming balanced.
  5. Eliminates some of his fear.
  6. Symptoms of fear disappear accordingly.
  7. More successful performance in speech, and more confidence.
  8. Learns that stuttering speech was not the only symptom of his condition, and eliminates some of the others
  9. Acquires mental and physical standardization
  10. Learns how to take care of his nervous constitution and hold his condition in abeyance.
  11. More improvement in speech.
  12. Greater confidence; eliminations of sense of inferiority.
  13. Fear of words and talking gradually fades. The vicious circle of Fear-Stuttering-Stuttering-Fear is broken up.
  14. Acquires ability to adjust himself to conditions and meet emergencies.
  15. Qualifies and takes his place in the world as any well-balanced individual.

From: Greene and Wells, 1927, p. 130-131.