Early Childhood Stuttering Pediatricians’ Attitudes and Practices Research Article
Research Article  |   May 01, 1992
Early Childhood Stuttering
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ehud Yairi, PhD
    University of Illinois, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, 901 South Sixth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
  • Denise M. Carrico
    University of Illinois, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, 901 South Sixth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Research Article
Research Article   |   May 01, 1992
Early Childhood Stuttering
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1992, Vol. 1, 54-62. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0103.54
History: Received September 19, 1991 , Accepted February 3, 1992
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1992, Vol. 1, 54-62. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0103.54
History: Received September 19, 1991; Accepted February 3, 1992

A nationwide survey of pediatricians was conducted to assess their practices with and attitudes and beliefs about young children who stutter and their stuttering. Data obtained from 439 respondents were analyzed. The findings indicated mixed trends. Although the opinions of the majority of the pediatricians agreed with current information about stuttering, on several important matters a significant percentage held outdated or erroneous beliefs about the etiology of the disorder or characteristics of young children who stutter. Beliefs about etiology appeared to influence opinion of treatment choice with a strong tendency for delaying intervention and a preference for parent-oriented intervention. Respondents were inconsistent in their interpretation of early diagnostic signs of stuttering. Interest among pediatricians in obtaining updated information about stuttering was strong. Practical implications for speech-language pathologists are discussed.

Acknowledgment
This project was supported by a grant from the Stuttering Foundation of America and by grant # R01-DC00459 from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
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