The Foundation is turning its attention more and more to various facets of basic research.
Neuroimaging studies have greatly enhanced the potential to understand brain-behavior relationships in complex behaviors such as speech and language. Research efforts are expanding which should provide information to develop targeted behavioral and pharmacological interventions, and may lead to earlier detection of individuals at risk for developmental stuttering. The Foundation is promoting this research in various ways.
Finding the genes involved in stuttering and understanding what they do in people who stutter and in those who are normally fluent holds the promise of revealing some of the underlying causes of stuttering.
The following articles may be of interest:
This Child Isn’t Fluent — Is It Stuttering Or Something Else?
By Nan Bernstein Ratner, Ed.D., University of Maryland (Winter 2015)
But Wait, There's More (not to like about Reilly et al. study)
By Nan Bernstein Ratner, Ed.D., University of Maryland (Summer 2014)