Fluency in Childhood Apraxia of Speech Research has substantiated the role of language in the development of fluency skills in typical children (e.g., Rispoli, 2003; Rispoli & Hadley, 2001) and in the onset and development of stuttering (see Hall, Wagovich, & Bernstein Ratner, in press, for review). Further, connections between language and fluency production have ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2007
Fluency in Childhood Apraxia of Speech
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  • Nancy E. Hall
    University of Maine, Orono, ME
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Apraxia of Speech & Childhood Apraxia of Speech / Fluency Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   August 01, 2007
Fluency in Childhood Apraxia of Speech
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2007, Vol. 17, 9-14. doi:10.1044/ffd17.2.9
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2007, Vol. 17, 9-14. doi:10.1044/ffd17.2.9
Research has substantiated the role of language in the development of fluency skills in typical children (e.g., Rispoli, 2003; Rispoli & Hadley, 2001) and in the onset and development of stuttering (see Hall, Wagovich, & Bernstein Ratner, in press, for review). Further, connections between language and fluency production have been made in some children with developmental language disorders (e.g., Boscolo, Bernstein Ratner, & Rescorla, 2002;Hall, Yamashita, & Aram, 1993; Hall, 1996). One hypothesis regarding the relationship between language and fluency in young children suggests that the demands of language production on developing speech systems may lead to increased disfluencies (e.g., Adams, 1990;Starkweather, 1987). Other hypotheses have speculated that disruptions in the integration of speech production and language production may lead to overt errors, including disfluencies (e.g., Perkins, Kent, & Curlee, 1991; Postma & Kolk, 1993). The theoretical foundation underlying much of this research espouses that at some point in the generation of speech and language output, the processes of speech production and the processes of language production must be integrated (see Caruso & Strand, 1999, for model of speech production).
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