Stuttering and Down Syndrome

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Re: Shame: stuttering vs. developmental disability

From: Judith Eckardt
Date: 20 Oct 2008
Time: 22:06:37 -0500
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Hello, Sorting this all out comes with experience with Downs children who do not stutter and Downs children who do stutter and normal developing children who stutter. I see Downs children who stutter having similar behavior to normal children who stutter and then I feel that the behavior is the result of stuttering. Very infrequently, have I seen Downs children who are SHAMEFUL of being Downs, but I have and they may be reluctant to be photographed at school. Classroom obervations will often give you ideas as to where a child is avoiding because of stuttering. For example, he/she may never answer questions in class. Make that an IEP goal. Thank you. Judith

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