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Disfluencies in the Down’s Syndrome Population and Implications for Treatment

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The literature suggests that there are a high percentage of individuals with Down’s syndrome who exhibit characteristics of disfluency. Though an exact percentage is not known, as it varies from study to study due to methodological differences, the numbers often range from a low of 10% to a high of 45%. No matter the precise percentage, it is agreed upon by most professionals that there is a higher incidence of stuttering in the Down’s syndrome population. This course is designed to help people who have Down’s syndrome, or who care for and work with people who have Down’s Syndrome to understand the problem of disfluency in speech.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to describe the characteristics of stuttering in the Down’s syndrome population.
  • After this course, participants will be able to explain the effects of Down’s syndrome on language and fluency.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe a therapeutic framework of decreasing demands for children with Down’s syndrome.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-15 Minutes Introduction: Defining speech and language characteristics of children with Down’s syndrome
15-30 Minutes Stuttering-like disfluencies in the speech of children with Down’s syndrome
30-45 Minutes The effect of Down’s syndrome on processes of language and fluency
45-55 Minutes Therapeutic implications: Decreasing demands
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A

Course Presenter

brent gregg

Brent Gregg, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Brent A. Gregg, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Arkansas.  He received his doctorate from the University of Illinois, with an emphasis in early childhood stuttering.  While there, he worked within the NIH-funded Stuttering Research Program under the direction of Dr. Ehud Yairi.  Dr. Gregg teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in fluency disorders and is the Director of the UCA Stuttering Center.  Dr. Gregg is a member of the ASHA Special Interest Division in fluency, the International Fluency Association, and is involved with the Stuttering Foundation of America and the National Stuttering Association.  Dr. Gregg has participated in research activities and clinical training at the Michael Palin Center for Stammering in London, England and has served as a delegate to the Oxford Disfluency Conference, Oxford, England.  Dr. Gregg has presented on the epidemiology, assessment, and treatment of fluency disorders across the age span at state and national conventions.

Presenter Disclosure: This presenter has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.


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