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ERIC Number: EJ784737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0269-9206
Do Individuals with Fragile X Syndrome Show Developmental Stuttering or Not? Comment on "Speech Fluency in Fragile X Syndrome" by Van Borsel, Dor and Rondal
Howell, Peter
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, v22 n2 p163-167 Feb 2008
Van Borsel, Dor, and Rondal (2007) examined the speech of seven boys and two young male adults with fragile X syndrome and considered whether their speech was comparable to that reported in the developmental stuttering literature. They listed five criteria which led them to conclude that the speech patterns of speakers with fragile X syndrome differed from those observed in developmental stuttering. The differences noted were: 1) distribution of type of dysfluency; 2) the class of word on which dysfluency occurred; 3) whether word length affected dysfluency; 4) number of times words and phrases were repeated; and 5) whether there were influences of material type on fluency (spontaneous speech, repeated material etc.). They concluded that the speech of speakers with fragile X syndrome differed from developmental stuttering. The comparisons that van Borsel et al. (2007) made between participant groups were not for speakers of comparable ages. Comparisons with groups of corresponding ages support the opposite conclusion, namely the young speakers with fragile X syndrome show patterns similar to developmental stuttering.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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