Temperament with the Michael Palin Centre Research Team

Author: TBD  Year: 2017/18

Action for Stammering Children is working with the Michael Palin Centre, and several potential funders to look at a potential pilot study investigating the relationship between temperament and the impact of stammering in childhood.

The aim of this research study is to explore whether there is a relationship between children’s temperament and the degree to which stammering impacts on their daily life and well-being. Understanding the nature of this relationship will help inform the focus, priorities and content of therapy for individuals and will inform treatment protocols and therapy provision for school aged children who stammer.

Children aged 8-14 who attend the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering for an assessment of their stammering will be included in this study. The children will complete the following assessments:

• a speech sample will be recorded for analysis to determine the frequency and severity of the stammer;

• the Overall Assessment of the Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES-S). This measures the emotional and behavioural impact of the stammer and the degree to which it affects the child’s well being;

• the EATQ-R, which is a temperament questionnaire. We have permission from the authors to develop an on-line version, to facilitate the completion and analysis.

The parents will complete parent versions of the EATQ-R. In addition, they will complete an assessment of their perception of the stammering and the impact it has on the child and them; the Palin Parent Rating Scales.

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