What is it about?

Study participants viewed one of four videos. The first video was of a child who stutters. The next 3 videos had a brief stuttering disclosure (one from the boy, one from his mother, and the other from his "teacher") prior to watching the boy's speaking video. Results indicate positive perceptual differences when the boy self-disclosed his own stuttering, as well as when the teacher disclosed the boy's stuttering. However, when the mom disclosed her son's stuttering, no positive perceptual differences were noted.

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Why is it important?

To the best of our knowledge, this is the first paper that documents that stuttering disclosure--given by an advocate--can quantifiably help children who stutter. However, the child who stutter is not helped when the mother discloses stuttering on her son's behalf.


Many times, parents may feel tempted to speak on behalf of their children. Our data suggests that parental stuttering disclosure does not help the public's opinion of a child who stutters. However, when a teacher (or the child himself) discloses stuttering, public perception of the child who stutters will improve.

Greg Snyder
University of Mississippi

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This page is a summary of: The Effects of Different Sources of Stuttering Disclosure on the Perceptions of a Child Who Stutters, Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2020, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2020_lshss-19-00059.
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