Stuttering and Bilingualism in Children and Adults

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Re: Bilingualism and stuttering

From: Brian Humphrey
Date: 15 Oct 2008
Time: 09:47:39 -0500
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Amanda, you wrote: Since stuttering techniques usually carry over from one language to another, does it matter which language therapy is done in? Should we consider the most fluent, most often used or native language in deciding? -- Amanda, in my study, the sample size was too small to make a general statement or run a statistical test. If I were to have a bilingual client, and be bilingual in the same languages, I would encourage the client or the client's parent(s to try therapy in both languages. Then I would examine my data, and have a discussion with the client and make a decision about whether to treat in one or both. If I were to share only one language with my client, I would learn as much as I could about the other language. I would make sure to understand from the client's or parent's point of view what the dysfluencies are like in the other language, and I would encourage using fluency strategies in the other language. - BH

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