First Advisor

Megann McGill

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Speech and Hearing Sciences and University Honors


Speech and Hearing Sciences




Stuttering -- Psychological aspects, Stuttering -- Self-evaluation, Self-perception, Speech disorders -- Treatment




Purpose: The purpose of the current pilot study is to analyze the accuracy of self-rating of stuttering frequency as compared to clinician calculations of stuttering frequency in order to further examine possible factors that affect the accuracy of a stutterer’s self-rating of their overt stuttering.

Method: Three participants (i.e., one child, one teen, one adult) self-rated their perceptions of their stuttering frequency on a scale of 1-5 after three telepractice speech therapy sessions. Each of the telepractice therapy sessions were recorded and reviewed asynchronously after the session to conduct a disfluency count with a 300-word sample and calculate the percentage of words stuttered for each client. The participants self-ratings were then analyzed for accuracy in comparison to the calculated percent of words stuttered.

Results: Pilot results revealed a potential inverse relationship between age and accuracy of clients’ self-perception of stuttering frequency. The child client was the most accurate in their self-ratings and the adult client was the least accurate in their self-ratings of stuttering frequency. A consistent self-rating pattern was noted across the three therapy sessions, with two of the three clients reporting the same self-rating for all sessions, despite variability in clinician calculations of percent words stuttered.

Conclusion: Results of the current pilot study indicate that children may be more accurate in self-appraising their stuttering frequency when compared to teen and adult clients. The impact of covert stuttering on clients’ self-ratings and clinical implications are discussed.


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