In a study published in the Journal of Fluency Disorders, researchers at University College London looked at 272 children with a stutter and 25 without. Volunteers were aged five to 19.
The test used by the researchers was originally developed in the US and is called the ‘stuttering severity instrument’ (SSI-3).
Results from this study showed that the SSI-3 test can be reliably used to predict stutter severity across the whole age range.
Early symptoms of stuttering include:
- prolonging of parts of words
- partial repetition of words
- blocking (being unable to say) the first part of a word.
Prof Peter Howell, who led the research, said: “If we can identify children at risk of stuttering, then we can offer appropriate...