Parental perceptions towards childhood stuttering in Sri Lanka.

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      • This study is the first of its kind exploring parental perceptions towards stuttering in Sri Lanka. • Thematic analysis revealed that parental knowledge about stuttering is generally limited in Sri Lanka, with cultural/religious aspects heavily impacting parental perceptions around aspects of the disorder. • Findings highlight the need for further public education in Sri Lanka regarding stuttering and give insight into some considerations for SLTs working with Sri Lankan families in early childhood stuttering management. Parental perceptions towards stuttering is an important consideration as parents play a crucial role in the initial identification and management of stuttering in young children. Although several studies have been conducted on parental perceptions towards childhood stuttering in other countries, little is known about how stuttering is perceived and managed by parents in Sri Lanka. This study explored Sri Lankan parents' perceptions towards childhood stuttering and their experiences regarding attending speech and language therapy for stuttering. Using a qualitative approach, 15 parents of children who stutter were recruited from a stuttering clinic at a state university in Sri Lanka. Parents participated in semi-structured interviews with the first author. The interviews were conducted via telephone in Sinhala language, recorded, transcribed verbatim in Sinhala and then translated into English. The data were analysed using thematic analysis. Five themes emerged from the data: (1) limited knowledge about stuttering and management (2) influence of religion and culture on stuttering (3) variable responses to stuttering (4) impact of stuttering on the parent and child (5) impact and engagement in speech therapy. The findings highlighted the need to educate the Sri Lankan public about stuttering as a communication disorder and raise awareness about the profession of speech language therapy in the country. Specifically, it is important for other health professionals and teaching professionals to learn more about stuttering, so that appropriate early referrals can be made for speech and language therapy, lessening the impact on children and their families. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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