The Stuttering Treatment & Research Program

Stuttering is an involuntary and debilitating neurologically based communicative disorder that afflicts 1% of the population. In the United States there are over 3 million people who stutter.

Stuttering often causes breakdowns in communication, which lead to negative emotions. Over time, these negative emotions can impede normal communicative functioning and place barriers on social, educational, and vocational aspects of life.

Currently there is no known cause or cure for stuttering. However, with appropriate strategies, stuttering can be managed effectively to minimize its negative impacts.

The UT Stuttering Treatment and Research Program provides individualized therapy aimed at improving communication, reducing the emotional impact of stuttering, and promoting more fluent speech.

In addition, the program conducts research to help better understand the nature of stuttering with respect to:

  • The neurological origins and its effects on the central nervous system
  • The neurological processes involved in reducing stuttering
  • The effectiveness and efficiency of therapy devices
  • The emotional impact on both people who stutter and those listening to them.
  • The relationship to normal speech and language functioning

Contact Us

Stuttering Treatment and Research Program

University of Tennessee
553 S. Stadium Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-0740

Phone: (865) 974-0355
Email: tsaltukl@utk.edu