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From: Natalie Winter, Grad Student
Date: 09 Oct 2008
Time: 13:14:18 -0500
Remote Name: 18.104.22.168
Hi Judith, I was drawn to your article because I coach a gymnast with Down Syndrome who stutters, and as a Grad student, I was curious to know about the prevalence and strategies for working with people with Down Syndrome who stutter. I am currently in my first Fluency class and I think using the approach of “talking about talking” and letting the person know that stuttering is okay, is very important and beneficial to improving a person’s quality of life. Have you had any challenges with parents of Downs children who stutter who may be pushing their child to not stutter, versus accepting their child’s speech as it is? Also, have you experienced any Downs children who stutter that elicit echolalia behaviors as well, and if so, do you think the strategies for stuttering would have any effect on those behaviors? Thank you for the references and wonderful article. -Natalie Winter.