Speech Disfluency in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Re: ASD and Stuttering

From: Vivian Sisskin
Date: 14 Oct 2007
Time: 22:59:30 -0500
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Tanya, This is an interesting question. We could ask the same question about developmental stuttering in children without ASD. We still do not know the cause of stuttering, although we do know a great deal more than we did a decade ago. It is hard to know what the range of “triggers” could be for a child who is genetically predisposed to stutter. Something that I find interesting is the notion that the communication difficulties in both stuttering and ASD appear to be “regressive”. That is, the child had skills that were lost, as opposed to delays in developing skills, as in the case of SLI. We know that children who stutter usually have some language before they begin to stutter around the age of 3. For more information on regression in ASD see: Lord, C. et al. (2004). Regression and word loss in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 45. Luyster, R. et al. (2005). Early regression in social communication in autism spectrum disorders. Developmental Neuropsychology, 27.

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