Speech Disfluency in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Re: Fluency Disorders and ASD

From: Kathy Scaler Scott
Date: 16 Oct 2007
Time: 10:35:53 -0500
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Chad, Good question. In terms of C4, she did experience some stuttered behaviors that children who stutter and have no other diagnosis do--repetitions, prolongations, blocks. But what was less typical for her was the fact that these tended to occur at the ends of words rather than at the beginning, where stuttering typically occurs. Same for C3: he had part-word repetitions, typically at the ends of words. Much more research is needed on these word-final disfluencies. They have been found to also occur in typically developing children, but it seems to be less prevalent than the stuttering at the beginnings of words.

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