Objective: To highlight attitudes and knowledge of Pakistani parents of children who stutter (PCWS) regarding childhood stuttering. Study Design: Cross-sectional study Place and Duration of Study: Study was conducted at Department of Developmental Paediatrics; Children Hospital and Institute of Child Health, Lahore and Speech therapy Department, Shaikh Zayed Hospital over a period of six months from July 2016 to Dec 2016. Material and Methods: Pakistani parents of children who stutter (PWCS) were requested to participate in the study. Questionnaire of Parental Attitude and Knowledge of Stuttering was used for data collection. It included four components that gathered information about stuttering epidemiology, symptomatology, treatment, and prognosis. Results: It was found that Pakistani PCWS had inadequate knowledge of stuttering treatment, epidemiology and prognosis. However, they were adapting a positive approach towards children who stutter (CWS). Conclusion: Pakistani PCWS did not have adequate knowledge regarding childhood stuttering epidemiology, aetiology, treatment and prognosis. However it is no longer a stigma for them and they treat stutterers as normal people, are quite helping, prompt them to communicate and are eager to work in unison with the therapist. Hence remedial measures in the form of educating the parents are required.
RIMSHA SHAKEEL, GHULAM SAQULAIN, MARYAM SHAKEEL, Neelam Bibi. (2021) Parental Attitudes and Knowledge about Their Child’s Stuttering: In Pakistan, Pakistan Pediatric Journal, Volume 45, Issue 2.