From an Evidence-Based Practice and Treatment Efficacy Research Viewpoint: Comments About the Clinical Forum on “What Child Language Research May Contribute to the Understanding and Treatment of Stuttering” I am very concerned about the recent clinical forum entitled, “What Child Language Research May Contribute to the Understanding and Treatment of Stuttering” that appeared in the January 2004 issue of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS, Vol 35, pp. 30–92). In this day of interest in ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   January 01, 2006
From an Evidence-Based Practice and Treatment Efficacy Research Viewpoint: Comments About the Clinical Forum on “What Child Language Research May Contribute to the Understanding and Treatment of Stuttering”
 
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  • Bruce P. Ryan
    Communication Disorders Department 305, California State University, Long Beach, CA
  • Contact author: Bruce P. Ryan, Communication Disorders Department 305, California State University, Long Beach, CA 90840. Email: bpryan@csulb.edu
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Letter to the Editor   |   January 01, 2006
From an Evidence-Based Practice and Treatment Efficacy Research Viewpoint: Comments About the Clinical Forum on “What Child Language Research May Contribute to the Understanding and Treatment of Stuttering”
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2006, Vol. 37, 73-76. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2006/008)
History: Received April 24, 2004 , Revised August 16, 2004 , Accepted November 1, 2004
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2006, Vol. 37, 73-76. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2006/008)
History: Received April 24, 2004; Revised August 16, 2004; Accepted November 1, 2004
Web of Science® Times Cited: 2
I am very concerned about the recent clinical forum entitled, “What Child Language Research May Contribute to the Understanding and Treatment of Stuttering” that appeared in the January 2004 issue of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS, Vol 35, pp. 30–92). In this day of interest in evidence-based practice (Goldstein, 2004; Ingham, 2003; Sackett, 1998) and treatment efficacy research (Bahr, 2002; Ingham & Riley, 1998), minimal or no reference to either is to be found in any of these articles.
Starting with the prologue, Weiss (2004b)  sets the stage for the following articles saying that surely there must be some relationship between stuttering and language; therefore, the following articles are necessary. The only consistently demonstrated and proven relationship between stuttering and language is complexity of language (Bernstein Ratner, 1993, 1997; Bernstein Ratner & Sih, 1987; Nippold, 1990, 1995; Ryan, 1998, 2000).
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