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Quandaries in Cluttering: Current Issues and Potential Solutions

Kathleen SCALER SCOTT

Misericordia University

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Abstract. This paper will outline problems currently facing the field of cluttering. Although there has been increased work and interest in this area, roadblocks remain, and prevent the field from advancing at a pace commensurate with the level of worldwide enthusiasm for updated research and treatment procedures. Issues related to cluttering research, assessment, treatment, and education will be discussed. Illustrative examples from evidence-based studies and clinical anecdotes will be presented. Potential solutions to overcome these roadblocks and advance the field of cluttering will be proposed.

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Stuttering and other nonfluencies in adductor spasmodic dysphonia

John A. TETNOWSKI1, Michael P. CANNITO2, Monica JOHNSON3, & Brittany F. RUTLAND4

University of Louisiana-Lafayette

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Abstract. The purpose of this paper was to compare the percentage of stuttered words, the percentage of disfluent words not typically described as stuttering, and the total of all disfluencies between 28 individuals diagnosed with adductor spasmodic dysphonia (ADSD) and 28 age- and sex-matched controls. ADSD participants were tested prior to Botox injections and following Botox injections which have been shown to improve speech characteristics in ADSD.  No significant differences were found between groups for the percentage of stuttered words, the percentage of disfluent words not typically described as stuttering, nor the total of all disfluencies. 

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Worldwide speech-language pathology practice: Stuttering and multilingualism

Nancy E. HALLand Kimberly MARTINS2

1University of Maine, Orono

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2Orthophonie VoxLingue Speech & Language, Montreal

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Abstract. This study aimed to gather information on worldwide assessment and treatment of stuttering in multilingual children and adults. Both differences and similarities were found across and within regions regarding the profile of multilingual clients who stutter as well the practices employed by SLPs in treating and diagnosing stuttering. Discussion is centered on demographic findings along with global trends.

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Awareness building and destigmatization of stuttering in India: Baby steps

Pallavi KELKAR1 and Pratiksha VAIDYANATHAN2

1School of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed University)

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2Ruby Hall Clinic, Wanowrie, Pune, India

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Abstract. Although terminologies have shifted from “stutterer” to person with stuttering (PWS), stuttering still has stereotypes attached to it. This paper outlines an attempt at destigmatization and a needs analysis for such endeavours in future. The frequency of correct responses to a short survey questionnaire were analysed before and after an awareness program on stuttering. Correct responses to the pre-test were also compared across variables like gender, occupation and contact with a PWS. People from the health sector tended to have slightly more knowledge about stuttering, though their overall levels of awareness still need improvement. The findings revealed a need for an increase in frequency of attempts at awareness and changes in methods of dissemination of information about stuttering in India.

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Motor response inhibition and severity of stuttered speech in adults

Shanley TRELEAVEN1, Geoffrey COALSON1

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Abstract. Research has suggested manual response inhibition as a potential area of compromise in persons who stutter. The present study examined stop-signal response latencies between AWS (n=17) and AWNS (n=17) while also controlling for participants’ nonverbal intelligence – a factor known to contribute to manual response inhibition.  Manual response latencies were also examined in relation to stuttering severity during a 300-word conversational speech sample. Results indicated AWS were slower to inhibit inaccurate manual responses than AWNS when nonverbal intelligence was controlled. However, no significant relationship was observed between stuttering severity and non-vocal manual response inhibition in AWS.  

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