Stuttering and Bilingualism in Children and Adults

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Re: Stuttering and Bilingualism in Children and Adults

From: Rosalee Shenker
Date: 02 Oct 2008
Time: 14:27:07 -0500
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While it seems to be less common for people to stutter in only one of their spoken languages I think that we have to ask careful questions in order to determine the level of linguistic proficiency in each language spoken, at least in a clinical setting. Children who are second language speakers may not stutter in their second language if they don't have a lot of complexity in that language, but often as the second language increases in complexity you may see the development of some dysfluency. If you are treating a bilingual or Second language speaker it is always good to take careful spontaneous speaking samples in each language spoken and to track both languages even though you might only treat in one.

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