Stuttering and Down Syndrome

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Re: Reaction to Stuttering and Down Syndrome

From: Judith Eckardt
Date: 17 Oct 2008
Time: 22:20:28 -0500
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Hello, If a Downs Child has a real low cognition level, they may never develop a lot of verbal language and consequently stuttering. Their functional language would involve signing, use of a communication device, and maybe some single word approximations. Slowing rate of speech using phrasing and pausing is always a very useful tool with children who stutter. Also, with the Downs child I would work on vocabulary building and reducing excitement levels by working on sensory integration issues. Of course, working on reducing the SHAME of stuttering is most important. Encourage them to participate in feared speaking situations. If they never talk in class, make it a goal to answer 2 questions per week. Thank you. Judith

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