Parental Language Input to Children at Stuttering Onset Many programs for the indirect management of stuttering in early childhood counsel adjustment of parental language models, which are presumed to play an exacerbating influence on vulnerable children's fluency. We examined the relative levels of linguistic demand in maternal language to stuttering and nonstuttering children, adjusted for each child's current ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 2001
Parental Language Input to Children at Stuttering Onset
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Stephanie Miles
    University of Maryland College Park
  • Nan Bernstein Ratner
    University of Maryland College Park
  • Contact author: Nan Bernstein Ratner, PhD, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, The University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.
    Contact author: Nan Bernstein Ratner, PhD, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, The University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.×
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: nratner@hesp.umd.edu
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Normal Language Processing / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Language / Research Articles
Research Article   |   October 01, 2001
Parental Language Input to Children at Stuttering Onset
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 2001, Vol. 44, 1116-1130. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2001/088)
History: Received July 5, 2000 , Accepted May 3, 2001
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 2001, Vol. 44, 1116-1130. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2001/088)
History: Received July 5, 2000; Accepted May 3, 2001
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Many programs for the indirect management of stuttering in early childhood counsel adjustment of parental language models, which are presumed to play an exacerbating influence on vulnerable children's fluency. We examined the relative levels of linguistic demand in maternal language to stuttering and nonstuttering children, adjusted for each child's current level of linguistic development. No significant or observable differences were detected in the relative level of linguistic demand posed by parents of stuttering children very close to onset of symptoms. Empirical support for current advisement and potential ramifications are discussed.

Acknowledgments
The authors wish to thank Grace Yeni-Komshian, Froma Roth, and Stacy Silverman for their help with this research.
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