Rather than focusing on research topics that are in vogue at a particular points in time (e.g., kinematics in the 1980's), we need to accept a variety of perspectives.... Knowledge about all aspects of stuttering should be our goal, and our focus should be based on our clients' needs....
—Quesal (1989, p. 163)
In this issue of Topics in Language Disorders, Guest Issue Editor, Dr. Amanda Hampton Wray, invited authors to highlight important current topics related to stuttering, with a particular emphasis on highlighting issues beyond dysfluencies. As guest editor, she carefully crafted this issue to cover multiple aspects of stuttering from research and theoretical updates, to considerations for therapeutic approaches, and finally to an intervention study with preliminary results.
First, Brundage and Bernstein Ratner (2022) share a research update on the important interaction between language and stuttering, emphasizing that stuttering should be considered beyond only speech production. Next, Usler (2022) discusses the role of cognition in some aspects of stuttering, with particular emphasis on the experience of stuttering. Lescht et al. (2022) further explore aspects of linguistics and stuttering within their article about novel word learning. Then, Tichenor et al. (2022) highlight the importance of understanding the experience of people who stutter. Finally, Byrd et al. (2022) share preliminary results from their communication effectiveness intervention for adults who stutter. In summary, Hampton Wray (2022) and the authors of this issue provide an excellent overview of critical aspects of stuttering, calling for clinicians and researchers to focus their attention beyond disfluencies.
—Sarah E. Wallace, PhD, CCC-SLP
—Gary A. Troia, PhD, CCC-SLP
Brundage S., Bernstein Ratner N. (2022). Linguistic aspects of stuttering: Research updates on the language–fluency interface. Topics in Language Disorders, 42(1), 5–23.
Byrd C. T., Coalson G. A., Young M. M. (2022). Targeting communication effectiveness in adults who stutter: A preliminary study. Topics in Language Disorders, 42(1), 76–93.
Hampton-Wray A. (2022). Introduction to the issue “Stuttering: Beyond Disfluencies” (Issue Editor Foreword). Topics in Language Disorders, 42(1), 2–4.
Lescht E., Venker C., McHaney J., Bohland J. W., Hampton-Wray A. (2022). Novel word recognition in childhood stuttering. Topics in Language Disorders, 42(1), 41–56.
Quesal R. W. (1989). Stuttering research: Have we forgotten the stutterer? Journal of Fluency Disorders, 14(3), 153–164. https://doi.org/10.1016/0094-730X(89)90033-8
Tichenor S. E., Herring C., Yaruss J. S. (2022). Understanding the speaker's experience of stuttering can improve stuttering therapy. Topics in Language Disorders, 42(1), 57–75.
Usler E. R. (2022). Why stuttering occurs: The role of cognitive conflict and control. Topics in Language Disorders, 42(1), 24–40.