Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Important long-term study of children with the 7-year data.

I am busy right now, but maybe some of you can give its relevance. It seems to be one of or the largest study ever done?

 2017 Oct 3:1-12. doi: 10.1044/2017_JSLHR-S-16-0205. [Epub ahead of print]

The History of Stuttering by 7 Years of Age: Follow-Up of a Prospective Community Cohort.

Kefalianos E1,2,3Onslow M4Packman A4Vogel A1,3,5Pezic A2Mensah F2,6,7Conway L2,6Bavin E8Block S9Reilly S2,6,10.



For a community cohort of children confirmed to have stuttered by the age of 4 years, we report (a) the recovery rate from stuttering, (b) predictors of recovery, and (c) comorbidities at the age of 7 years.


This study was nested in the Early Language in Victoria Study. Predictors of stuttering recovery included child, family, and environmental measures and first-degree relative history of stuttering. Comorbidities examined at 7 years included temperament, language, nonverbal cognition, and health-related quality of life.


The recovery rate by the age of 7 years was 65%. Girls with stronger communication skills at the age of 2 years had higher odds of recovery (adjusted OR = 7.1, 95% CI [1.3, 37.9], p = .02), but similar effects were not evident for boys (adjusted OR = 0.5, 95% CI [0.3, 1.1], p = .10). At the age of 7 years, children who had recovered from stuttering were more likely to have stronger language skills than children whose stuttering persisted (p = .05). No evident differences were identified on other outcomes including nonverbal cognition, temperament, and parent-reported quality of life.


Overall, findings suggested that there may be associations between language ability and recovery from stuttering. Subsequent research is needed to explore the directionality of this relationship.


Anonymous said...

"children who had recovered from stuttering were more likely to have stronger language skills than children whose stuttering persisted"
Back to the circle one: which came first: the chicken or the egg?

I've seen stuttering kids around age 3, telling their own stories; and saw that their stuttering persisted.

Anonymous said...

My daughter is 23 now and started stuttering around age 7-8 mainly due to severe bullying at the parochial school we sent her to. My husband and I almost got arrested confronting the ring leaders parents due to the school's non response to our furor. Our girl is a college graduate but still struggles with her speech despite therapy. She still has difficulty pronouncing her full name.I pray it gets better.

Anonymous said...

Hey Tom,

Did you notice that Lubos Motl (one of your favourite bloggers) tried to insult one of his rival bloggers by drawing attenntion to his stutter?

Lubos Motl is clearly mentally ill and needs help

Lisa said...

Tom do you have access to the whole report, can you post it

Tom Weidig said...

no I cant. it's copyright protected. send me an email to tom dot weidig att gmail