Effect of Sample Size on the Measurement of Stutter-Like Disfluencies Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have long debated how to best analyze the communicative functioning of people who stutter. One aspect of this debate has centered upon the breadth of speech samples that SLPs should elicit during clinical assessment. There seems to be broad consensus that SLPs should include a variety of ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2007
Effect of Sample Size on the Measurement of Stutter-Like Disfluencies
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  • Kenneth J. Logan
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Maisa A. Haj-Tas
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   November 01, 2007
Effect of Sample Size on the Measurement of Stutter-Like Disfluencies
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, November 2007, Vol. 17, 3-6. doi:10.1044/ffd17.3.3
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, November 2007, Vol. 17, 3-6. doi:10.1044/ffd17.3.3
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have long debated how to best analyze the communicative functioning of people who stutter. One aspect of this debate has centered upon the breadth of speech samples that SLPs should elicit during clinical assessment. There seems to be broad consensus that SLPs should include a variety of speaking tasks within their fluency assessment protocols and that such tasks should be repeated on multiple occasions (ASHA, 1995; Ingham & Riley, 1998; Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, 2005). Because fluency levels vary across speaking tasks and contexts, and over time for many speakers who stutter, such an approach seems essential if SLPs hope to reach valid conclusions about the extent of a client’s fluency impairment (Yaruss, 1997).
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