A Case Description of Verbal and Signed Disfluencies of a 10-Year-Old Boy Who Is Retarded Disfluencies in the verbal and signed language of a 10-year-old moderately mentally retarded boy were analyzed from extensive video samples of spontaneous communication and structured language lessons. The subject had normal hearing with speech and language commensurate to his mental age. The subject was observed to be disfluent in verbal ... Case Study
Case Study  |   April 01, 1992
A Case Description of Verbal and Signed Disfluencies of a 10-Year-Old Boy Who Is Retarded
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Betty Z. Liles, PhD
    University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • Jay Lerman
    University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • Lisa Christensen
    Area Cooperative Educational Services, North Haven, CT
  • Joy St. Ledger
    Area Cooperative Educational Services, North Haven, CT
  • Contact author: Betty Z. Liles, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences, University of Connecticut, Box U-85, 850 Bolton Rd, Storrs, CT 06268.
    Contact author: Betty Z. Liles, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences, University of Connecticut, Box U-85, 850 Bolton Rd, Storrs, CT 06268.×
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Case Study
Case Study   |   April 01, 1992
A Case Description of Verbal and Signed Disfluencies of a 10-Year-Old Boy Who Is Retarded
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1992, Vol. 23, 107-112. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2302.107
History: Received November 8, 1990 , Accepted May 9, 1991
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1992, Vol. 23, 107-112. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2302.107
History: Received November 8, 1990; Accepted May 9, 1991

Disfluencies in the verbal and signed language of a 10-year-old moderately mentally retarded boy were analyzed from extensive video samples of spontaneous communication and structured language lessons. The subject had normal hearing with speech and language commensurate to his mental age. The subject was observed to be disfluent in verbal communication and in verbal and manual communication produced simultaneously. Repetitions, prolongations, and blockages were described as predominately synchronous across communicative modes during the use of total communication (i.e., simultaneous verbal and sign). Discussion addresses implications for the accurate characterization of stuttering in manual communication and the appropriate approaches to management.

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