2018 Joint World Congress: Hiroshima, Japan

Jason H. DAVIDOW1, Ona REED1, and Robin L. EDGE2

Hofstra University, jason.davidow@hofstra.edukreed8@pride.hofstra.edu, 

Jacksonville University, redge@ju.edu

Abstract. Purpose: This paper presents preliminary results from a larger study that aimed to expand on the current research regarding the impact of multitasking on counting stutters using the Stuttering Measurement System (SMS). Method: Thirty female speech-language pathology graduate students participated and were randomized into two groups (Individual or Simultaneous). The Simultaneous Group viewed four videos of persons who stutter (PWS) one time during each session and rated stuttered syllables, fluent syllables, and naturalness. The Individual Group viewed four videos of PWS three times each during each session and rated one of the three variables with each viewing. Videos and variables were randomized.  Only stuttered syllables data were available for the present report. Results: The intrarater reliability analysis revealed that the Individual Group had better agreement for the number of syllables stuttered between Time 1 and Time 2 compared to the Simultaneous Group.  Interrater agreement, although slightly better for the Simultaneous Group, was more equivalent across the groups. Conclusion: Raters better replicated their own number of syllables stuttered value (intrarater agreement) when counting syllables stuttered alone than when simultaneously counting stuttered syllables and fluent syllables, and rating speech naturalness. The preliminary nature of the analysis is discussed, as data from 15 other participants have not been analyzed.  

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