The present work aims to compare the characteristics of stuttering-like disfluencies (SLD) in a group of school age children who stutter (Group_S) with a group of normally fluent school age children (Group_F), during reading. An assessment tool has been developed incorporating the evaluation of the factors that characterise SLD: frequency and types of SLD, duration and physical tension of concomitant symptoms. The determination of the characteristics of SLD in Group_S and Group_F aims to define a minimal set of parameters that could help SLTs to diagnose stuttering.
Results showed that type (specifically for prolongations, blocks and broken-words), frequency and physical tension of SLD are parameters which differentiate children who stutter from matched normally fluent children. Duration and number of repeated units do not differentiate these two groups.ValenteJesus2011.pdf - Paper (CutePDF (Ghostscript 8.71) file)
ValenteJesus2011pptx.pdf - Oral presentation (PDFCreator 1.2.1 (Ghostscript 9.02) file)
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