Aims and progress

Aim Status as at September 2014  
Development of a network with Nordic professionals to work on stuttering research in the Nordic countries. Achieved.

 

 
Creation of a database with speech samples of stuttered speech from different Nordic countries. Achieved.  At different development stages within the different countries.  Speech samples from Iceland, Norway, Finland and Belgium are already in the joint database.  Sweden has recently received ethical approval to participate and Denmark has been awarded approval for a more limited database, based within Denmark.  
Creation of a database on background information on the onset and process of stuttering and factors that might contribute to recovery. A case history form has been developed to facilitate the collection of data.
Identification of cross-linguistic exemplars of stuttering occurrences. Achieved.  We have reviewed stuttered samples across various languages and undertaken a study to evaluate our ability to do so.  Exemplars from the various countries involved can be viewed within the database of speech samples. Training program provides examples and training on identification of stuttering.
Identification of clinical markers for stuttered speech.

 

We have discussed potential clinical markers for stuttering and have agreed on exemplars of stuttered speech.  One masters thesis completed evaluating one of these potential clinical markers.
Development of a stuttering measurement tool to be available in all the STUREN languages. SSAT in development.

 

Training students in stuttering research.

 

Completed masters theses:

·         The variability of stuttering within preschool children, K.Lára Halldórsdóttir (Iceland, 2012).

·         Self-evaluation of severity of stuttering by 12–14 year old speakers, Berglind Bjarnadóttir (Iceland, 2014).

·         Overall assessment of the experience of children who stutter: Translation and standardization of OASES-S, Bjarnfridur Leosdottir (Iceland, 2014).

·         Persistence and recovery of stuttering in Icelandic preschool children, Hildur Edda Jónsdóttir (Iceland/Sweden, 2014).

·         Validity and reliability of the Swedish OASES-S – a self-rating instrument measuring the impact of stuttering in schoolchildren aged 7-12 years, Emma Nilsson (Sweden, 2014).

·         Measuring stuttering: A comparison of SMS, SSI-3 and SS2D, Ingela Baakind Sølvsberg (Norway, 2012)

·         Living with stuttering – an analysis of how adults who stutter experience their life,Kristine N. Inglingstad og Anne-Kari Steine (Norway, 2013)

·         Stuttering and stigma.  Construction of a social identity in young adults who stutter, Åse Sjøstrand (Norway, 2014).

The possibility for stuttering researchers (or researchers who are interested in commencing stuttering research) to engage in applications for joint projects. USA, Iceland and Norway have commenced a joint research project.

OASES validation in Iceland and Sweden.

 

Increase awareness of stuttering in general and focus on early intervention. STUREN’s public website, seminars by Roger Ingham open to the public, STUREN symposium in Reykjavik 2014.  However, little focus on early intervention.
Other achievements ·         STUREN poster presentation at the International Fluency Association congress in Tours, 2012

·         Oral presentation with information about the Sturen project at the 3rd Nordic conference on stuttering and cluttering in Uppsala, Sweden, 2014
Presentation at ASHA conference in Orlando, 2014

Further goals ·         Hoping to publish proceedings of the Sturen Fluency Symposium in Reykjavik, 2014

·         Submitting presentations to the International Fluency Association congress in Lisbon, 2015

·         Further development, testing and norming of SSAT

·         Development of epidemiological database

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