Speech Science Institute
Early developmental dysfluency requires careful diagnosis and precise intervention. Differential diagnosis requires an understanding of dysfluency and the expression of dysfluency in those children at greater risk for stuttering. The disorder of stuttering results from failure to identify those children most at risk and the risk factors associated with developmental stuttering. The treatment protocol requires an in-depth knowledge and application of speech motor control.
Intelligibility of speech develops as children move from early stages of infancy through babbling and into early childhood. These complex transitions seem effortless, while in fact they are a complex expression of both the underlying neurophysiology and a nurturing home. Treatment is directed at differential diagnosis and gestural dynamics, a methodology grounded in the physiological events of speech production.
Differential diagnosis is critical in our understanding and treatment of neuro-developmental disorders which range across the continuum of developmental aphasia. Children presenting with symptoms are often not identified until toddler and pre-school age. The perception and production of spoken language remains at the core of the neurophysiological description. Failure to speak results in failure to listen which combined results in behavioral and atypical social patterns. Pediatric care and neuroscience combined need to direct the clinical treatment.