Adults who stutter: treatment & management


Stuttering is a potentially debilitating condition which affects approximately 1% of the adult population. While it is indiscriminate of language, culture and intelligence, it runs in families and affects more males than females. 

The condition usually develops in childhood but can also commence later in life as a result of a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Treatment is most effective during early childhood; however management techniques for adults who stutter (AWS) are also available. Other conditions that may require intervention include:

  • speech difficulties following stroke
  • language difficulties following stroke
  • speech and/or language difficulties following a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • voice difficulties (including those associated with disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease)
  • stuttering
  • swallowing difficulties
  • language and social communication difficulties associated with disorders such as dementia.

This short course is designed to provide health professionals with up-to-date information about stuttering as well as help them provide evidence based advice, support and when appropriate, speech language therapy referral options for the AWS. 

By completion you will have an understanding of:

  • The difference between developmental and acquired stuttering.
  • Treatment options for adults who stutter.
  • The potential impact of stuttering on a person’s quality of life.
  • Helpful tips when talking with a person who stutters.


Once you have completed this short course and quiz, please click 'submit' where you will be taken to the results page. From here you can print your certificate for 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour.


This content has been created by  Janelle Irvine, Speech & Language Therapist, Stuttering Treatment & Research Trust and reviewed by Dr Karen Falloon MBChB, FRNZCGP, PhD, Senior lecturer Goodfellow Unit, 2017.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health.


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