The Influence of the Onset of Phonation on the Frequency of Disfluency among Children Who Stutter This study was designed to assess the effects of on-off voice adjustments on the frequency of stuttering in children. Essentially, this is a replication of the experimental paradigm used by Adams and Reis (1971, 1974) with adult stutterers who were asked to read two passages: one contained a normal distribution ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1981
The Influence of the Onset of Phonation on the Frequency of Disfluency among Children Who Stutter
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Sandra R. McGee
    Idaho Falls Public Schools, Idaho
  • John M. Hutchinson
    Idaho State University, Pocatello
  • Paul N. Deputy
    Idaho State University, Pocatello
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   June 01, 1981
The Influence of the Onset of Phonation on the Frequency of Disfluency among Children Who Stutter
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1981, Vol. 24, 269-272. doi:10.1044/jshr.2402.269
History: Received December 6, 1979 , Accepted May 8, 1980
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1981, Vol. 24, 269-272. doi:10.1044/jshr.2402.269
History: Received December 6, 1979; Accepted May 8, 1980

This study was designed to assess the effects of on-off voice adjustments on the frequency of stuttering in children. Essentially, this is a replication of the experimental paradigm used by Adams and Reis (1971, 1974) with adult stutterers who were asked to read two passages: one contained a normal distribution of voiced and voiceless sounds; the other contained nearly all voiced sounds. The latter passage was associated with less stuttering and more rapid adaptation. In this study, 15 childhood stutterers in the third through the seventh grades were asked to read these same two passages. Contrary to the previous results with adults, however, the children did not stutter less nor adapt more rapidly with the all-voiced passage. These results are discussed with reference to previous literature and to the influence of pausing.

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