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Purdue scientists get $3 million to study stuttering

WEST LAFAYETTE – Two Purdue University scientists have received a $3 million federal grant to study why some children grow out of stuttering while others don’t.

Professors Anne Smith and Christine Weber-Fox will use their findings to develop a screening tool to better identify which preschool children should receive speech therapy immediately.

During the five-year project, the scientists will follow 100 children who stutter over five years and compare those who recover with those who don’t. The Purdue Stuttering Project is aimed at deciding which tests to use to detect a high risk for chronic stuttering in preschoolers.

The money comes from the National Institutes of Health.

Smith says stuttering often affects important parts of life, including social interactions, educational performance and job opportunities.