Autism Spectrum Disorders and Stuttering
There has been increased interest in understanding the variety of speech disfluency patterns among those with autism spectrum disorders.
Case studies that describe types of disfluencies have added to our knowledge base. While both stuttering and “atypical” disfluencies (final part-word repetition) have been documented, many questions remain unanswered. What treatment methods are effective? What are the priorities for improved communication? What should we expect for positive functional outcomes?
In this 2-hour presentation, Vivian Sisskin, M.S., CCC-SLP, from the University of Maryland, summarizes the literature pertaining to disfluency in autism, and provides basic principles to aid in differential diagnosis and treatment planning.
A case study, demonstrating effective treatment for final part-word repetitions, highlights a problem-solving approach to clinical management, using both learning style in autism and strategies from traditional fluency therapies.
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From the Fall 2012 Newsletter