• Run by Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the British Stammering Association.
  • Will deliver speech and language therapy via video link to adults across the UK who stammer and who do not currently have access to these services.
  • Aiming to increase support and treatment for adults who stammer, and equip them with long term strategies to effectively manage their stammer.
  • Will pilot and evaluate a telemedicine based treatment intervention.
  • This project will run from January 2017 to April 2018.

Stammering affects nearly one in 100 adults and can have a significant impact on their social life, education, career and mental health.

There are a number of therapy approaches that have been shown to be successful in addressing the negative impact stammering can have on a person’s life. These need to be tailored to the individual’s situation and so require specialist expertise.

However, speech and language therapy services for adults who stammer vary greatly across the UK, with many people having no access to local services either due to lack of provision or lack of appropriate skills in the local workforce.

This project by Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and the British Stammering Association (BSA) aims to improve access to speech and language therapy for adults who stammer, and who are not currently able to access services in their local area, by providing specialist therapy via telehealth.

People contacting the BSA for support and information about living with a stammer will be directed to the service at Airedale, and the treatment intervention will be delivered via video link, with patients using the internet to access the service. The treatment will focus on achieving the individual’s personal goals and equipping them with the skills and strategies needed to effectively live with their condition.

The approach has already been successful on small scale through speech and language therapy being delivered remotely in prisons. This project will expand the service to enable increased support and treatment for adults across the UK.