Evidence-Based Multifactorial Assessment of Preschool-Age Children Who Stutter This review summarizes extant findings supporting multifactorial models of stuttering within the context of preschool-age stuttering assessment. Evidence is given for a number of speech-language and associated factors/domains to consider when evaluating young children who stutter. Selected factors are presented in two parts: (1) Caregiver Interview and (2) Direct Child ... Article
Article  |   April 11, 2017
Evidence-Based Multifactorial Assessment of Preschool-Age Children Who Stutter
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Chagit E. Clark
    Private Practice, Beyond Fluency, Arden, NC
  • Victoria Tumanova
    Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Dahye Choi
    Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
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  • Financial: Chagit E. Clark, Victoria Tumanova, and Dahye Choi have no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Chagit E. Clark, Victoria Tumanova, and Dahye Choi have no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: This manuscript is based on a 1-hour seminar, which the authors will present at the Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, November, 2017.
    Nonfinancial: This manuscript is based on a 1-hour seminar, which the authors will present at the Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, November, 2017.×
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Part 1
Article   |   April 11, 2017
Evidence-Based Multifactorial Assessment of Preschool-Age Children Who Stutter
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2017, Vol. 2, 4-27. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG4.4
History: Received December 22, 2016 , Revised February 18, 2017 , Accepted March 8, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2017, Vol. 2, 4-27. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG4.4
History: Received December 22, 2016; Revised February 18, 2017; Accepted March 8, 2017

This review summarizes extant findings supporting multifactorial models of stuttering within the context of preschool-age stuttering assessment. Evidence is given for a number of speech-language and associated factors/domains to consider when evaluating young children who stutter. Selected factors are presented in two parts: (1) Caregiver Interview and (2) Direct Child Assessment. Factors addressed during caregiver interviews include: gender, time since and age at stuttering onset, family history of stuttering, caregivers' perception/concerns about stuttering, and temperament. Factors addressed during direct child assessments include: stuttering behaviors, speech-associated attitudes/awareness, and speech rate, as well as speech sound and language development. Interactions/relations among factors are noted, showing their combined effects and contributions to childhood stuttering. Additionally, suggested clinical applications are provided wherever appropriate. Such evidence and practical applications bridge the gap between theory and clinical practice, thus advancing the abilities of speech-language pathologists to conduct well-informed, comprehensive stuttering evaluations.

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