We are focused on understanding how neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly stuttering, impact development and cognitive functioning in children and adults, including bilinguals, and translating that knowledge into effective treatment strategies. We are also interested in the experience of stuttering and using what we learn to advocate for people who stutter.
Stuttering is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects about one-percent of the population regardless of language. The disorder is characterized by specific types of interruptions (e.g., part-word repetitions, blocks and prolongations) in the fluent flow of speech.
Executive function in children who stutter — The aim of this project is to examine how executive function develops in preschool and school-age children who stutter. Executive function refers to higher-level cognitive abilities that help us plan, remember and focus on tasks. These abilities are important for academic achievement, emotional control, as well as speech. We are interested in learning how these cognitive skills develop and impact speech development in children who stutter. We are recruiting both bilingual and monolingual children who do and do not stutter between three to 12 years old for this project.
Impact of stuttering on workplace experience — The focus of this study is to understand how stuttering impacts interactions in the workplace with the aim of using what we learn to advocate for effective organizational interventions for people who stutter. We are interested in learning about the workplace experience of adults who stutter and the attitudes of their co-workers toward stuttering. We are recruiting adults who stutter (18+ years) for this study.
If you are a student who is interested in the topic of stuttering or bilingualism research and would like to volunteer in our lab, please contact Dr. Choo at [email protected]. Research assistants in the lab are involved in various aspects of research and have presented their work at national and international conferences.