Exploring Fluency in Down Syndrome
Many individuals with Down syndrome struggle to speak because they stutter (stammer) and are partially or wholly unintelligible to listeners. They are often frustrated and embarrassed by their communication difficulties. Some keep trying to get their message across; some rely on others to clarify for them; and a few withdraw or give up talking altogether. Thus, many parents end up interpreting for their children, and professionals are often unsure how to help.
This expert resource explores the hows and whys of dysfluent speech in people with Down syndrome. Using real-life examples, Bray draws on literature from the fields of language, speech, prosody, and fluency to map this information onto what is known about Down syndrome. Interactions with parents, people with Down syndrome, and professionals offer insight into what it is like to live or work with these challenges, as well as what is helpful and unhelpful in trying to overcome them.
Paperback, 245 pages. ISBN: 978-1-907826-27-6