Caregiver–Child Interactions and Their Impact on Children’s Fluency: Implications for Treatment
Ratner, Nan Bernstein
Bernstein Ratner, N. (2004). Caregiver-child interactions and their impact on children's fluency: Implications for treatment. Language, Speech, and Hearing in Schools, 35, 45-56.
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There is a relatively strong focus in the stuttering literature on the desirability of selected alterations in parental speech and language style in the management of early stuttering. In this article, the existing research support for such recommendations is evaluated, together with relevant research from the normal language acquisition literature that bears on the potential consequences of changing parental interaction style. Recommendations with relatively stronger and weaker support are discussed. Ways in which children’s communication styles and fluency may be altered through newer fluency treatment protocols are contrasted with older, more general parent advisements. Finally, directions for future research into the efficacy of recommendations made to the parents of children who stutter (CWS) are offered.