Parental Language Input to Children at Stuttering Onset
Ratner, Nan Bernstein
Miles, S. & Bernstein Ratner, N. (2001). Language input to children at stuttering onset. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 44, 1116-1130.
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Many programs for the indirect management of stuttering in early childhood counsel adjustment of parental language models, which are presumed to play an exacerbating influence on vulnerable children’s fluency. We examined the relative levels of linguistic demand in maternal language to stuttering and nonstuttering children, adjusted for each child’s current level of linguistic development. No significant or observable differences were detected in the relative level of linguistic demand posed by parents of stuttering children very close to onset of symptoms. Empirical support for current advisement and potential ramifications are discussed.