2018 Joint World Congress: Hiroshima, Japan

Pallavi KELKAR1 and Pratiksha VAIDYANATHAN2

1School of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed University)


2Ruby Hall Clinic, Wanowrie, Pune, India


Abstract. Although terminologies have shifted from “stutterer” to person with stuttering (PWS), stuttering still has stereotypes attached to it. This paper outlines an attempt at destigmatization and a needs analysis for such endeavours in future. The frequency of correct responses to a short survey questionnaire were analysed before and after an awareness program on stuttering. Correct responses to the pre-test were also compared across variables like gender, occupation and contact with a PWS. People from the health sector tended to have slightly more knowledge about stuttering, though their overall levels of awareness still need improvement. The findings revealed a need for an increase in frequency of attempts at awareness and changes in methods of dissemination of information about stuttering in India.

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