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Stuttering and bilingualism
  1. A Packman1,
  2. M Onslow1,
  3. S Reilly2,
  4. J Attanasio3,
  5. R Shenker4
  1. 1
    Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2
    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Department of Pediatrics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey, USA
  4. 4
    Montreal Fluency Centre, Westmount, Quebec, Canada
  1. Ann Packman, Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, NSW 1825, Australia; a.packman{at}

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Bilingualism is an asset in modern society and any recommendations to parents about language use during the preschool years must be supported by convincing evidence. Hence we write to refute the conclusions of Howell et al that speaking two languages during the preschool years increases the chances of a child starting to stutter and decreases the likelihood of recovery from stuttering.1

The problem, as we see it, is that the authors have drawn conclusions about the general population of bilingual children …

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