Preliminary study of disfluency in school-aged children with autism

Findings offer evidence that when working with children with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), disfluencies both similar and dissimilar to those of children who stutter may be identified in at least a subset of those with AS. Children with AS should be screened for fluency disorders during their initial evaluation and treated if it is determined that the fluency disorder negatively impacts the effectiveness of communication.

Scaler Scott, K., Tetnowski, J. A., Flaitz, J. R. and Yaruss, J. S. (2013), Preliminary study of disfluency in school-aged children with autism. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12048

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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