2953 Brain Anatomy and Function in People Who Stutter

Sunday, February 20, 2011: 10:30 AM
146A (Washington Convention Center )
Luc de Nil , University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
This portion of the session will integrate recent findings in the neuroimaging literature. In particular, the speaker will discuss how a substantial number of findings differentiate children and adults who stutter from typically fluent speakers with respect to brain morphology as well as functional speech/language and motor processes. These findings help to elucidate the possible deficits that contribute to the development and persistence of stuttering. Importantly, it is also evident that many of these patterns are responsive to therapeutic intervention, suggesting that some aspects of these neurological profiles are plastic and amenable to behavioral treatment.