2003 IFA Congress: Montreal, Canada

Familial Childhood Stuttering: Stuttering Characteristics and Speech Abilities

Suzanne M. Buck1, Roberta Lees1, Peter Martin2, Alison Nicholas3 and Liz Hoey4

1Dept of Speech and Language Therapy, University of Strathclyde, 76 Southbrae Drive, Glasgow, G13 1 PP, UK
2Dept of Educational Studies, University of Strathclyde, 76 Southbrae Drive Glasgow, G13 1 PP, UK
3Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, Finsbury Health Centre, Pine Street, London, EC IR OLP, UK
4Speech and Language Therapy, Pollokshaws Clinic, 35 Well Green, Glasgow, G43 IRR, UK


Whilst research into family histories of stuttering is important, this has rarely been related to the implications for the child. This study explored familial childhood stuttering in contrast to childhood stuttering with no familial factor. Data are presented for 35 young children who stutter, of whom 25 had positive, and 10 had negative family histories of the disorder. These 2 subgroups were compared in terms of stuttering onset, disfluency types, and speech abilities. The results indicate that there are no differences in the stuttering characteristics of children who stutter, between those with and without familial histories of stuttering.

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