Children who stutter are often embarrassed and try to hide their stuttering—even if it means not talking. This can have a more serious impact on their lives than the stuttering itself. The University of Minnesota Kids Who Stutter Camp (UMKWS) brings together kids who stutter to meet, connect, and realize that they can be good communicators, even if they stutter.
Professor Benjamin Munson is wrapping up a large longitudinal study of the relationships between phonology and word learning in preschool children. He hopes to better understand how phonology grows during the preschool years and how it provides support for learning words.
“I like working with people who have the most to gain and the most to lose,” Munson says. Munson is in the midst of finishing a large longitudinal study of the relationships between phonology and children who are still acquiring basic language skills. By using a number of behavioral measures, such as eye-tracking to measure speech perception and nonword repetition, he hopes to better understand how speech production and speech perception grow throughout the years and help with word learning.