Wyatt, Gertrud Lasch
January 1958
Language & Speech;1958, Vol. 1 Issue 1-4, p250
Academic Journal
The article presents a developmental crisis theory of stuttering by researchers from Wellesley, Massachusetts. Stuttering has been interpreted as the result of a crisis in language learning coincident with a crisis in the relationship between mother and child. The general hypothesis is that a disruption of reciprocal identification between mother and child, occurring at the time when the child is in the practicing stage of early grammatical speech, results in the child's inability to master language learning, expressed in a regression to earlier forms of language behavior.


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