Stuttering severity and responses to social-communicative challenge in preschool-age children who stutter

This study assessed indices of autonomic arousal and vocal tension during challenge in preschool-age children who do stutter (CWS) and do not stutter (CWNS). Results suggested that preschool-age CWS-severe exhibit vocal tension while speaking in conditions of social (e.g. speaking to unfamiliar examiner) and communicative (e.g. recalling from memory names of pictures previously shown) challenge, and such vocal behavior is possibly associated with this subgroup’s difficulty establishing normally fluent speech.

Danra Kazenski, Barry Guitar, Rebecca McCauley, William Falls, Lindsay Stallings Dutko. (2014). “Stuttering severity and responses to social-communicative challenge in preschool-age children who stutter. Speech, Language and Hearing. DOI: 10.1179/2050572813Y.0000000032

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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