Stuttering and Down Syndrome

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Stuttering and Down Syndrome

From: Ursula Winters
Date: 12 Oct 2008
Time: 10:27:01 -0500
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Hi. I am a graduate student and I am studying speech-language pathology at NYU. I have had the opportunity to spend a lot of time in schools working with children with Down Syndrome. I was curious to learn if the reduced oral-motor coordination and middle ear pathology which make speech of those with DS difficult to understand, makes it more difficult to reach an initial diagnosis of stuttering? Also, in your experience, do you observe a similar rate of spontaneous recovery in children with DS as in children without Down Syndrome or do more of these individuals persist? Your article was very interesting and I really enjoyed reading it. I am definitely interested in learning more about helping to reduce "shame of stuttering" both in treatment and at home. Thanks!

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