Autonomic nervous system activity of preschool-age children who stutter

The purpose of this study was to investigate potential differences in autonomic nervous system activity to emotional stimuli between preschool-age children who do and do not stutter. The authors suggested that preschool-age children who stutter have a physiological state that is characterized by a greater vulnerability to emotional reactivity and a greater mobilization of resources in support of emotional reactivity during positive conditions, and that parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system activity is involved.

Jones, Robin M., Buhr, Anthony P., Conture, Edward G., Tumanova, Victoria, Waledn, Tedra A., and Porges, Stephen W. (2014). Autonomic nervous system activity of preschool-age children who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders. DOI: 10.1016/j.jfludis.2014.06.002

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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