ERIC Number: EJ999041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Brief Report: Treating Stuttering in an Adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Brundage, Shelley B.; Whelan, Cory J.; Burgess, Cathleen M.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v43 n2 p483-489 Feb 2013
Stuttering and autism can co-occur and when they do it presents a significant communication challenge. This study examined the effectiveness of a modified version of the fluency rules program (FRP; Runyan and Runyan, Stuttering and related disorders of fluency, in 2007) to reduce stuttering frequency in a man with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The participant's percentage of stuttered words (%SW) was calculated during conversational interactions with multiple conversation partners both within and outside of the clinic treatment sessions. Visual inspection methods revealed a reduction in %SW from an average of 14.5%SW during baseline to 2.07%SW during the withdrawal phase. The mean baseline reduction in %SW from baseline to the second treatment phase was 91.8%. The FRP holds promise for reducing %SW in persons with ASD who stutter.
Descriptors: Autism, Stuttering, Adults, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Communication Problems, Intervention, Program Effectiveness, Speech Language Pathology, Speech Skills
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