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J Mot Behav. 2011;43(6):477-89. doi: 10.1080/00222895.2011.628347. Epub 2011 Nov 22.

Speech motor skill and stuttering.

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The Speech and Stuttering Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada. a.namasivayam@utoronto.ca

Abstract

The authors review converging lines of evidence from behavioral, kinematic, and neuroimaging data that point to limitations in speech motor skills in people who stutter (PWS). From their review, they conclude that PWS differ from those who do not in terms of their ability to improve with practice and retain practiced changes in the long term, and that they are less efficient and less flexible in their adaptation to lower (motor) and higher (cognitive-linguistic) order requirements that impact on speech motor functions. These findings in general provide empirical support for the position that PWS may occupy the low end of the speech motor skill continuum as argued in the Speech Motor Skills approach (Van Lieshout, Hulstijn, & Peters, 2004).

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22106825
DOI:
10.1080/00222895.2011.628347
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