Developmental psychogenic mutism as a cause of severely delayed speech development

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Tamara Kay Hahn (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Lawrence Vanella

Abstract: The purpose of this descriptive study is to posit information concerning "Developmental Psychogenic Mutism." The study has attempted to apply this descriptive term, Developmental Psychogenic Mutism, to certain children displaying severely delayed speech development of unknown etiology. Three children who were severely delayed in the acquisition of speech were selected as subjects for this study. The similarities they shared were compared and contrasted with four of the recognized causes of severely delayed speech development in an attempt to determine whether or not the descriptive term Developmental Psychogenic Mutism should be applied. Each subject was hospitalized in Amos Cottage for behavioral and diagnostic therapy in an attempt to determine potential. The case histories of each subject were presented, and each subject was studied in diagnostic therapy for a period of not less than four months. Tests of receptive abilities and performance were administered to each subject. The parents were also studied in an attempt to determine the intrafamilial relationships.

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Language: English
Date: 1970
Speech disorders in children

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