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Reference books

All the books and articles listed have comprehensive bibliographies for further reading and many are available on loan, to BSA members and SLTs, from the BSA library.

Research perspective

Stammering is a complex condition and is the subject of academic research, particularly into its causes and the efficacy of therapies.

BSA Research Committee

In recognition of the importance of research this has been set up with a distinguished panel, representing all areas of interest in stammering, to encourage research and dissemination. The committee may be contacted through the Association.

Causes of stammering

The causes of stammering have been debated for many years and current thinking focuses on brain activity.

De Nil, L. (1999) 'Stuttering: a neurophysiologic perspective', in Bernstein-Ratner, N. and Healey, E.C. (eds) Stuttering Research and Practice) Bridging the Gap. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. (pp. 85-102).

Sommer, M. et alia (2002) 'Disconnection of speech-relevant brain areas in persistent developmental stutteri The Lancet, Volume 360, Issue 9330, p.380.

Stammering and therapy

Hayhow, R, Cray, A. M., Enderby, P., (2002) 'Stammering and therapy views of people who stammer'. Journal Fluency Disorders, 27 pp.1-17.

Collaborative practice

Fleming, P. et alia (1997) Speech and Language Difficulties in Education for Teachers and Speech and Language Therapists: Approaches to Collaborative Practice. London, Wright Winslow.

DfEE (2000) Provision of Speech and Language Therapy Services to Children with Special Educational Need~ London: HMSO.

McCartney, E. (ed.) (1999) Speech/Language Therapists and Teachers Working Together. A Systems Approch to Collaboration. London: Whurr.

Classroom strategies

There is no current research evidence to support prescriptive strategies for children who stammer, but there are methods that can be recommended from practice as being helpful.

Byrne, R. and Wright, L. (2008) Stammering. Advice for all ages. London, Sheldon Press

Lees, R M. (2000) 'It takes two to stammer', in MacKay, G. and Anderson, C. (eds) Pragmatic Difficulties of Communication. London: David Fulton Publishers.

Rustin, L. et al (2001) Stammering. A Practical Guide for Teachers and Other Professionals. London: David Fulton Publishers.

Stewart, T. and Turnbull, J. (1995) Working with Dysfluent Children. Oxford, Winslow Press. pp. 131-5.

Pupils' perceptions of other pupils who stammer

There is evidence to suggest that children who stammer are more likely to be teased or bullied, because other children hold negative perceptions of children who stammer.

Franck, A.L. et alia (2003) 'School-age children's perceptions of a person who stutters'. Journal of Fluency Disorders 28, pp 1-15.

Teachers' Perceptions of children who stammer

Research has shown that teachers tend to view children who stammer as shy and insecure, but there is no evidence to support this.

Lees, R M. (1999) 'Stammering children in school', in McCartney, E. (ed.) Speech/Language Therapists and Teachers Work ing Together. A Systems Approach to Collaboration. Lo n don: Whurr. p p.1 36- 7 .

Stewart, T. and Turnbull, J. (1995) Working with Dysfluent Children. Oxford: Winslow Press. p. 128.

Films and DVDs to raise awareness of stammering

The BSA completed a film for the National Association of Headteachers in partnership with The Michael Palin Centre (MPC), the specialist centre for stammering therapy. This film shows pupils who stammer talking about their needs in school.

The MPC has also produced a DVD to give information to schools about stammering. Thus is available from speech and language therapy services in England. Both of these films may be used for staff training or for pupils to see in a PHSE lesson, provided that any child in the class who stammers is quite comfortable with that.

Linguistic factors

The relationship between language development and stammering continues to be investigated.

Rustin, L. et alia (2001) Stammering. A Practical Guide for Teachers and Other Professionals. London: David Fulton Publishers. pp.11-12.


As a therapist may ask a teacher to support therapy goals in the classroom, some basic knowledge may be helpful.

Guitar, B. (1998) Stuttering: An Integrated Approach to its Nature and Treatment (2nd ed). Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins.

Onslow, M. and Packman, A. (eds) (1999) The Handbook of Early Stuttering Intervention. San Diego, CA: Singular Publishing Group.

Rustin, L. et alia (2001) Stammering. A Practical Guide for Teachers and Other Professionals. London: David Fulton Publishers. Chapter 2 p15.

Sheehan, J. (1970) Stuttering:Research and Therapy. New York: Harper and Row.

Starkweather, C.W. and Gottwald, S. R. (1990) 'The demands and capacities model 11: clinical applications', Journal of Fluency Disorders 15, pp 143-157.

Information for young people, parents and teachers

Lewis, J. (1997) The Stammering Handbook. London: Vermilion.

Stewart, T and Turnbull, J. (1996) Helping Children Cope with Stammering. London: Sheldon Press.

Stewart, T. and Turnbull, J. (1997) Coping With Stammering. London: Sheldon Press.