Stuttering and Down Syndrome

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Stuttering and Down Syndrome?

From: Bunnie Schuler
Date: 13 Oct 2008
Time: 20:00:26 -0500
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While reading your article I thought the approach to intervention may indeed be effective, but is it under the right construct? I find it difficult to consider this group under the same criteria. Your description was brief but couldn't it be that what is observed stems from a syntactical deficit and may be compounded in the event that some of these students present with histories of chronic otitis media or other aural pathologies as is so often reported in the literature. Indeed the method promotes autonomy and motivation, but how can the breaks in communication not be solely attributed to morpho/syntactical deficits and possibly insufficient phonological schemata stemming from inconsistent auditory perceptions? Surely we have yet to reach a consensus to define stuttering, but the World Health Organization (1977) states that stuttering includes "disorders in the rhythm of speech in which the individual knows precisely what he wishes to say..." Perhaps you could enlighten me for I am still very much a student and I always wish to learn from experienced clinicians like yourself.

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