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.
- 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.
|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|
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