Study: Attention abilities in children who stammer

Does your 5- or 6-year-old stammer? Do you live in the London/Suffolk/Essex area?

Researchers at the University of Suffolk are looking for participants for their study exploring stammering in young children and how it relates to their ability to pay attention.

Background and purpose

Katie Tyrell, Study Research Associate, says, "Stammering affects about 1 in 12 children in their lives and prevents approximately 1 in 100 adults in the UK from living a fulfilling life. We would like to explore stammering in young children and how it relates to their ability to pay attention.

'We hope the results will provide important insights into stammering and help us understand how to use attentional training to create more effective therapies."

What does it involve?

Katie continues, "Children will be given five simple, game-like tasks involving playing card games, connecting dots to form a figure and attempting to stand still for a short period of time without being distracted.

'We also want you, as the child's parent to participate by filling in a short questionnaire responding to simple statements about your child's behaviour, such as 'My child is a picky eater'. Where possible, a similar questionnaire will be administered to the child's teacher. Please note that both children who stammer and children who do not stammer are eligible to participate in this research. 

A £10 Amazon voucher will be given to each family as a thank you for participation in this project.

Who can take part?

The researchers are looking for parents of 5 and 6-year olds from London, Suffolk and the East of England (Bedford, Luton, Basildon, Peterborough, Southend on Sea, Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester, Chelmsford and Cambridge) to take part. 

To repeat, they're looking for children who stammer and those who do not stammer.

How to take part

Please email Katie at

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