Study Finds Stuttering Can Improve Language Skills
AUGUST 27, 2013Emma Innes, Daily MailProfessor Reilly’s team studied just over 1,600 children from Melbourne, Australia.
Their mothers filled out regular questionnaires starting when their babies were eight-months-old and the children were assessed using a range of language and behaviour tests when they reached the age of four.
Professor Reilly and her colleagues asked parents to call the study group if their child started showing signs of stuttering.
Diagnoses were confirmed by a speech pathologist, who then visited the homes of children with a stutter every month to check on their progress.
By age four, 181 of the study children had been diagnosed with a stutter.
Follow-up visits for the 142 who were consistently assessed after diagnosis showed just nine no longer had their stutter one year later.
Stuttering children scored 5.5 points higher than their non-stuttering peers on language tests and 2.6 points higher on a test of non-verbal intelligence, where 100 is an average score.Read more: Daily Mail