SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Scientific research into this condition has been invisible for too long.

srIn fact, in this field we are a long way from a model of wide-scale interdisciplinary research which should be looking for answers to the cognitive and emotional aspects of language.

It would be very useful to produce new statistical data which could be an important resource for finding answers to short, medium and long-term screening.

A comparison between the various interpretative and methodological schools would be of great interest to research in order to try to find a causal link between organic aspects of the problem, that is a predisposition or family connection to the complaint, and all the psychological and environmental aspects that condition our ability to speak in different contexts.

A family with a child who stammers is faced by a very complex situation, where the only treatment offered by the public health organisms is speech therapy.

The speech therapists to whom the patients are referred certainly do their best, but they freely admit that they do not have the necessary training, nor the means to analyse the complaint they are asked to treat.

Even the medical specialist knows little more and usually automatically refers the patient to the speech therapist. There is no overall vision of stammering, although this is hoped for and requested by many, especially those who have to live in close proximity to the problem.

Even the paediatrician, who is often the first specialist to be consulted by the family, has little to say. He limits himself to reassuring them, giving hope that the stammering may go away over time, and tends to encourage the parents while waiting for some chance event that may improve the condition.
But unfortunately it’s statistically proven that, once consolidated, become chronic, as the child starts school the stammering becomes part of his behaviour pattern, modifying his personality and becoming the complex complaint described above.

Unfortunately stammering is often seen as a minor problem, not worthy of the attention of those who should carry out wide ranging research and who have the human and financial resources to do so.

For the real well-being of the stammerer, be he a child or an adult, and for the peace of mind of those near to him, scientific research should be trying to give important answers. Above all it should be trying to deepen our knowledge of the problem and create wide-ranging therapeutic strategies that are more suitable and efficient in order not to imprison the stammerer in a state of no confidence and doubt for his future.