A Preliminary Analysis of Interaction Characteristics Between Chronic Stuttering Japanese Children and Their Mothers
- Category: 2003 IFA Congress Articles
Keiko Gongdo1, Yoko Walaba2, Sumiko Inoue2,3 Megumi Iizawa3, and Hiroshi Fujino4
1Department of Early Childhood Education, St. Margaret's Junior College, 4-29-23, Kugayama, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, 168-8626, Japan
2The Research Institute for the Education of Exceptional Children , Tokyo Gakugei University, 4-1-1 Nukuilfita-machi, Koganei-city, Tokyo, 184-8501, Japan
3R&D Center, PIGEON Corporation, 6-20-4, Kinunodai, Yawara-mura, Tsukuba-gun, Ibaraki-ken, 300-2495, Japan
4Department of Education for Children with Disabilities, F uculty of Education, Tokyo Gakugei University, 4-1-1 NukuiKita-machi, Koganei-city, Tokyo, 184-8501, Japan
The purpose of this study was to compare interaction characteristics between a group of 9-year-old Japanese stuttering children (N :3) and their mothers during free play to those of a control group of nonstuttering children (N :3) and their mothers. A 10-minute play session for each pair was analyzed in terms of a number of utterances, number of topic initiations, MLU, a number of interruptions and conversational functions. Subjects in the stuttering group showed fewer interruptions during the conversation than the subjects in the non-stuttering group. Conversational functions varied among subjects; however, 2 mothers of the stuttering group showed a tendency to control their children’s behaviors.