Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Research Sponsor

Dr. Scott Palasik

First Reader

Dr. K. Todd Houston

Second Reader

Mrs. Nancy Harris

Abstract

Stuttering and Tourette’s: A Comparative Study

The purpose of this research study was to provide pilot data regarding the similarities and differences between stuttering and Tourette’s, specifically the physical, emotional and psychosocial aspects and the effects the behaviors had on the clients’ thoughts related to their disorder.

Recently published articles pertaining to stuttering and Tourette’s Syndrome were collected, analyzed and summarized in the paper. Once the literature review was completed, similarities and differences were deduced and explained in later chapters.

The overall results of this study showed that the two behavioral disorders have little overlap in terms of physiological and behavioral similarities because they are incredibly variable. However, this study demonstrated that multiple disorders could be lined in different ways; various conditions were reported as comorbidities of the main disorder. In conclusion, there could be multiple relationships between stuttering, Tourette’s and many other syndromes.

Therefore, this paper will serve as a preliminary review that can be used to guide future research concerning the qualities of various disorders including stuttering and Tourette’s Syndrome.

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