Auditory Discrimination Deficits in Boys Who Stutter: A Preliminary Investigation Our purpose was to examine the basic level of auditory processing skills in school-age children who stutter. We administered three auditory processing tasks—dichotic digits, temporal patterning, and auditory discrimination—from the Differential Screening Test for Processing (Richard & Ferre, 2006). Five 6- to 9-year-old boys who stutter were age-matched to five ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2008
Auditory Discrimination Deficits in Boys Who Stutter: A Preliminary Investigation
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lisa R. LaSalle
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
  • Rachel D. Duginske
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Hearing Disorders / Articles
Article   |   August 01, 2008
Auditory Discrimination Deficits in Boys Who Stutter: A Preliminary Investigation
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2008, Vol. 18, 69-77. doi:10.1044/ffd18.2.69
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2008, Vol. 18, 69-77. doi:10.1044/ffd18.2.69
Abstract

Our purpose was to examine the basic level of auditory processing skills in school-age children who stutter. We administered three auditory processing tasks—dichotic digits, temporal patterning, and auditory discrimination—from the Differential Screening Test for Processing (Richard & Ferre, 2006). Five 6- to 9-year-old boys who stutter were age-matched to five boys who do not stutter. Children who stutter showed significantly poorer performance on the auditory discrimination subtest. These preliminary results suggest that, for a subgroup of children who stutter, auditory discrimination difficulties may exacerbate stuttering and thus be a factor worth considering in clinical intervention.

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