Journal article

Prevalence and features of comorbid stuttering and speech sound disorder at age 4 years

Rachael Unicomb, Elaina Kefalianos, Sheena Reilly, Fallon Cook, Angela Morgan

Journal of Communication Disorders | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Stuttering and speech sound disorder may co-occur during early childhood, although the exact rate of comorbidity in a community-cohort sample remains unknown. In isolation, both disorders have the potential for long-term negative effects. Comorbidity rates of 16%-46% reported in previous studies were based on parent report, speech-language therapist surveys, case file audits or direct observation studies from clinical samples. Rigorous methodology utilising a prospective, longitudinal community-cohort design is required to support these previous findings. AIMS: First, to identify the proportion of children with comorbid stuttering and speech sound disorder at 4 years of age drawn..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship

Awarded by Melbourne Children's LifeCourse postdoctoral fellowship - Royal Children's Hospital Foundation

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The research was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants awarded to Sheena Reilly (#s 237106, 436958, 1041947) and Angela Morgan (#s 1127144, 1116976). Sheena Reilly and Angela Morgan were supported by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship awards #491210 and #1105008, respectively. Fallon Cook was supported by a Melbourne Children's LifeCourse postdoctoral fellowship, funded by Royal Children's Hospital Foundation grant (#2019-984). Additionally, the research was supported by the following NHMRC grants (Program Grant 633007, Population Health Career Development grant 546405, Population Health Capacity Building grant 436914) and Australian Research Council grant (DP0984833). Research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. Finally, we would like to thank all participating families who have taken part in the ELVS study.