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Relapsed kids are as severe as before

Posted Jul 21 2008 12:00am
At the Oxford conference, I asked a question to Mark Onslow during the panel session. I asked how a behavioural treatment like Lidcombe could possibly be highly effective if as he agrees stuttering is driven by an underlying neurological problem.

Instead of answering the question well, he replied by saying that I did not understand terminology and that I probably mean "neurophysiological", and that there is a big difference.

Well, is there really a difference? I asked three people after the session, and no-one understood quite why one would be better than the other.

I looked up the words "neurological" and "neurophysiological".  In typical dictionary manner, I got the following very enlightening definitions: "of or relating to or used in or practicing neurology", and "of or concerned with neurophysiology"!! :-) OK, so I had to look up "neurology" and "neurophysiology".

Let's start with neurology: The medical science that deals with the nervous system and disorders affecting it.

And for neurophysiology, I got The branch of physiology that deals with the functions of the nervous system.

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