Stuttering is a neurodevelopmental speech disorder concerning the flow of communication affecting approximately 290,000 Canadians
. Individuals who stutter suffer from involuntary blockades as well as from sound and syllable repetitions and prolongations during speaking. Singing has been found to generate a dramatic reduction of stuttering symptoms compared to speaking (Falk, Schreier & Russo, 2020). There are, to our knowledge, no studies to date addressing the effects of group singing on communication and wellbeing in stuttering.
In sum, group singing appears to be a viable alternative to improving communication function in people living with CDs that may also promote social wellbeing. While other effective interventions exist for supporting communication function in people living with CDs (e.g., LSVT/LOUD for speech production challenges in Parkinson’s disease; Fox et al., 2006), singing offers important advantages: a) high intrinsic motivation which may sustain adherence leading to cumulative benefits (Livesey et al., 2012); b) the widespread availability of people who would be able to lead such groups following some brief training, which may help to address the critical need for CD support in small and isolated Northern communities (Winn, Chisholm, Hummelbrunner, 2014); and c) the potential for caregivers to receive benefits from observing (or participating with) loved ones in a meaningful activity that is ability focused (Tamplin et al., 2013). Thus, group singing for CD appears to be worthy of further consideration from scientific, practical, economic, and ethical standpoints.