Are you the parent of a child aged 5-12 who currently stutters? Your child may be able to participate in a research study to learn more about how speech and language skills develop and mature in the brain. This study will involve 2-3 sessions, each lasting about 1.5 -2 hours. Eligible participants are native English speakers. Compensation is provided.
The purpose of this study is to learn more about how speech and language skills develop and change over time in children who stutter. The goal of this research is to better understand stuttering and possibly lead to better ways to support people with communication disorders in the future.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?
- Ages 5-12
- Currently stutter (an official diagnosis of stuttering is not required)
- English was child’s first language learned
- General good health
- No significant hearing difficulties
- No history of neurological problems
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
The study involves 2-3 in-person visits lasting about 1.5-2 hours each. Study procedures involve tabletop testing and recording your child’s brain activity with electroencephalography (EEG) while playing games, looking at pictures, and listening or speaking. The EEG procedure, which uses a special cap, like a swim cap, with electrodes sewn in, is safe, painless, non-invasive, and drug-free. Parents will be asked to complete a set of questionnaires about their child.
IRB: STUDY19080115A- Development and Maturation of Cognition and Brain Function Across the Lifespan
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Amanda Hampton Wray
Amanda Hampton Wray, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Hampton Wray is a cognitive neuroscientist who studies brain development related to language and attention in typical and disordered populations.