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Brain development in children who stutter
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 16:39

A new study by a University of Alberta researcher shows that children who stutter have less grey matter in key regions of the brain responsible for speech production than children who do not stutter. See more at University of Alberta news.

BealThe primary researcher is Deryk Beal, ISTAR’s executive director. Previous research has used MRI scans to look at structural differences between the brains of adults who stutter and those who do not. The problem with that approach is the scans come years after the onset of stuttering, typically between the ages of two and five years, Beal said. “You can never be quite sure whether the differences in brain structure or function you’re looking at were the result of a lifetime of coping with a speech disorder or whether those brain differences were there from the beginning,” explained Beal, a speech-language pathologist.

brainResults showed that the inferior frontal gyrus region of the brain develops abnormally in children who stutter. This is important because that part of the brain (also known as Broca's Brain region) is thought to control articulatory coding—taking information our brain understands about language and sounds and coding it into speech movements.

Author David Mitchell interviewed on Jon Stewart's Daily Show
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 14:25

mitchell interviewBritish author and person who stutters David Mitchell appeared on the Daily Show this week. Jon Stewart praised his new book, The Reason I Jump, the memoir of a young boy with autism, which Mitchell translated from the Japanese. David did wonderfully during his interview with Stewart (see the interview after the jump)

David Mitchell's novels, including Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green which is the semi-autobiographical story of a boy who stutters, have been award-winning best-sellers. He has been involved in the British Stammering Association and has appeared at many conferences for people who stutter.


First Ever Stuttering and Attitudes Research Symposium
Monday, 30 September 2013 14:18

Ken St. LouisWest Virginia University Speech Language Pathology professors held the first ever research symposium devoted entirely to the topic of stuttering, September 4 to 7.

The Stuttering and Attitudes Research Symposium looked at different studies done on people who stutter, and the attitudes that people have about those who stutter.

The symposium is the culmination of research conducted by Ken St. Louis, of WVU Speech Language Pathology, who is a professor and director of post-professional graduate study in the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services' Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.


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