Speech Disfluency in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Stuttering vs. Echolalia

From: Kristina
Date: 13 Oct 2007
Time: 22:47:48 -0500
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Your article was very insightful. I have worked with several children with autism and have never come across any children who stutter. It will be interesting to see what future research reveals. If disfluencies serve as a communicative function for children with autism who stutter and may be a part of their echolalia or perseveration, how can it be classified as a stutter? How do you differentiate between a true stutter and echolalia? Also, in the cases you presented fluency was not priority for treatment. Have you encountered a case where fluency was a priority? If so, what therapy techniques have found to be effective in treating fluency disorders in children with autism? Thanks!

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