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ERIC Number: EJ895099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9924
Parent Perceptions of the Impact of Stuttering on Their Preschoolers and Themselves
Langevin, Marilyn; Packman, Ann; Onslow, Mark
Journal of Communication Disorders, v43 n5 p407-423 Sep-Oct 2010
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are advised to consider the distress of preschoolers and parents along with the social consequences of the child's stuttering when deciding whether to begin or delay treatment. Seventy-seven parents completed a survey that yielded quantitative and qualitative data that reflected their perceptions of the impact of stuttering on their children and themselves. Sixty-nine (89.6%) parents reported between 1 and 13 types of negative impact (modal = 2). The most frequently reported reactions of children were frustration associated with their stuttering, withdrawal, reduced or changed verbal output, making comments about their inability to talk, and avoidances. The most frequently reported peer reaction was teasing (27.3%). Seventy parents (90.9%) reported that they were affected by their child's stuttering. Their most frequently reported reactions were worry/anxiety/concern, uncertainty about what to do, frustration, upset (parent term), self-blame (fear that they had caused the stuttering), taking time to listen, waiting for the child to finish talking, modifying their own speech, and asking the child to modify speech. Findings support calls for SLPs to consider the distress of preschool children and their parents and the social consequences of the children's stuttering when making the decision to begin or delay treatment. Learning outcomes: Readers will be able to describe parents' perceptions of the impact of stuttering on their children and themselves. In particular, readers will learn about (1) parents' perceptions of young children's awareness and reactions to their stuttering, (2) parents' perceptions of the social consequences of stuttering for young children; and (3) the emotional effect of stuttering on parents. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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