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The impact of stuttering on quality of life of children and adolescents

BACKGROUND: understanding the experience of people who stutter, both in and out treatment, will lead to improved outcomes. AIM: to investigate how stuttering affects the quality of life of children and adolescents who stutter. METHOD: the Overall Assessment of the Speaker's Experience of Stuttering - School-Age (OASES-S) was used to assess the impact of stuttering and the Fluency Profile Protocol was used to stuttering severity. RESULTS: these age groups do experience moderate negative impact as measured by the OASES-S. The results showed a tendency toward a positive correlation between severity and the impact of stuttering on quality of life. CONCLUSION: a better understanding of the impact of stuttering in these age groups provides a needed guide for the development of stuttering treatments and treatment outcomes research.

Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences; Quality of Life; Stuttering

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