A Preliminary study of parental speaking rate and childhood stuttering

The author reported that the purpose of this study was to evaluate the speaking rate and articulation rate of CWS and children who do not stutter (CWNS) and their respective parents. The results indicated that CWS had a slower speaking rate and articulation rate than CWNS. The PCWS group had a slower speaking rate than parents of children who do not stutter (PCWNS) but yielded similar articulation rates. These findings suggest that CWS and PCWS do not necessarily speak faster than those who do not stutter. Rather, a reduced speaking rate may actually serve to facilitate moments of fluent speech production.

Sargent, A., Robb, M., & Zebrowski, P. (2007). A Preliminary Study of Paternal Speaking Rate and Childhood Stuttering. New Zealand Journal of Speech-Language Therapy, 61, 30-39.

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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