Communication Sciences & Disorders
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

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Resilience Training for Children Who Stutter 

The SSTAR Lab housed within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Mississippi is now recruiting participants (ages 8-12) for a 7-8 week emotional resilience training program.  Contact us at for more information.

Why do we need this study?  

Data reveals that children who stutter live with disproportionate levels of emotional distress as a result of living with stuttering. Mainstream pediatric stuttering treatments primarily focus on reducing stuttering frequency but are widely accepted to be ineffective toward that end; additionally, mainstream treatments typically overlook the emotional aspects of successfully living with stuttering, thereby resulting in increased anxiety, depression and lower educational performance. Our goal is to provide an alternative treatment program that aims to empower these children to overcome such challenges.      

What is this program all about?  

We are investing in improving the Quality of Life of children who stutter through teaching them valuable perspectives and strategies to use when others choose to exert dominance behavior toward them (i.e., “bullying”). Our trained mentors will guide each participant through twelve short videos related to this topic and help them connect what they learn to their own personal experiences.               

Where will this program take place?  

This engaging program is completely online. Your child may complete it from the comfort of any place with a computer and a reliable internet connection.  

When can I participate?  

We are currently accepting applicants for our Spring and Summer 2023 programs. Once we determine your eligibility, we will work with you and your child to determine the best meeting times! 

Who is eligible to participate?  

We are recruiting children who stutter from ages 8 to 12 years old for this round of our study. We will require a parental consent form and another assent to participate form from each child before they can begin the program. Participants must have reliable access to a computer equipped with Zoom.    

Interested in learning more? 

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This study has been approved by The University of Mississippi’s Institutional Review Board (IRB Protocol 23-023).