Research: children who stammer – exploring parents’ experiences

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Are you the parent of a child aged 8 or under who stammers? A speech & language therapy student invites you to help with her research.

Orla Comer, from Manchester Metropolitan University, says, "As part of my final year Masters dissertation, I want to explore parents' experiences and attitudes towards their child's stammering. 

'I want to chat with parents online to get some insight into their experiences so that I can offer support and guidance for other parents/families".

What will it involve?

Orla invites you to join her for an online chat via Microsoft Teams, where she'll ask you questions about your experiences. It should take around 30 to 45 minutes.

She'd  like to ask you about:

  • your knowledge about stammering and its causes
  • the language you use as a parent when discussing stammering
  • the therapy process you used for your child's stammer
  • how you feel about stammering therapy.

You won't be judged for your answers or blamed if you can't answer anything. It's all completely non-judgemental.

Who can take part?

You need to be:

  • a parent of a child aged 8 and under who stammers
  • aged 18 or over yourself
  • currently living in the UK
  • able to speak English without an interpreter.

How to take part

If you'd like to be involved in Orla's project, or if you have any questions, please email her at

See what other stammering studies you can get involved with. Why not come along to one of our online STAMMA Research Arena events? It's your chance to influence future studies.

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