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Understanding school age stuttering..

Stuttering in School-Age Children “Stuttering is painful. In Sunday school, I’d try to read my lessons and the children behind me were falling on the floor with laughter” – James Earl Jones Stuttering is never easy for a school-age child. They are their own individual and you have no one size fits all treatment for stuttering. Negative comments and feedback often develop fear in children, and you’ll notice that they become less responsive to treatments. Children start avoiding conversations and situations to avoid being bullied or teased. These experiences may have a long-standing impact on their self-confidence and attitude towards life. Especially with children in their developmental age, it’s important to deal with stuttering sensitively. When working with an experienced Speech Language Therapist, they can assess children and suggest the best course of treatment. Stuttering in children can become an emotional rollercoaster. From making friends to socializing in school, any […]


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Parents: Helping the child who stutters?

What You Can Do to Help a Child Who Stutters? Stuttering is a communication disorder that disrupts the flow of speech. It significantly impacts the ability of a child to communicate effectively. When is public settings like events and school, this can eventually lead to affecting the self-esteem and reduced self-confidence of children. Every child wants to be like their peers, but stuttering communication becomes a challenge. Slowly, you’ll notice that stuttering in children leads to avoiding conversations and people. There are little but impactful things you can do to help your children get better in communication and overcome the challenges of stuttering. How to Help a Child Who Stutters? Here are some ways to improve confidence and build self-esteem by helping your child who stutters. Slower speech helps children with stuttering issues. You’ll notice that children often stutter more when they get excited or upset or when they are […]


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How important is counseling in stuttering therapy?

Although stuttering is considered a neurogenic or developmental, there are several emotional factors that play into it. Sometimes, fluency disorders can lead up to psychosocial and emotional issues too. Shame, guilt, higher expectations play a key part in stuttering. There’s a prevalence of stuttering in about 1% of the adult population. People who suffer from stuttering disorder will have to face stigmatization and discrimination as a consequence of society. This is where counseling becomes imperative as a part of stuttering therapy. Often when speech-language pathologists work with clients who have stuttering issues, they go beyond just training them on speech techniques. It’s beyond a regular speech or fluency disorder, most of the time there are attitudinal and emotional aspects connected to it. What is counseling? Counseling is not just about providing information and solving client’s concerns or even telling them what to do. It is all about building an interactive […]


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Is Stuttering a Disability?

Is Stuttering a Disability? Stuttering is legally identified as a speech disability in many countries around the world. But is it really? When the flow of speech is interrupted by involuntary repetitions, silent pauses, and prolongations, you may be classified as having concerns with stuttering. Even as adults, most people struggle to find resolutions to stop stuttering. It’s important to identify stuttering early to minimize developing social anxiety and negative attitudes toward communication. It is estimated that about 1% of the adult population gets diagnosed with this speech disorder. In the US alone, there are approximately three million people who have concerns with stuttering and occurs mostly amongst males versus females. Neurogenic and Psychogenic stuttering is mostly found in adults. While Neurogenic stuttering is caused due to strokes or head injury, Psychogenic stuttering can be an aftermath of extreme psychological stress. Is disability the right word? As per the Americans […]


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Stuttering Treatment for Adults

Do you get stuck with words or keep repeating some over and over again or may even take a pause at certain syllables? Chances are that you have been having stuttering issues while having a full-fledged conversation. Stutter or stammer is a speech disorder that is often developmental or neurogenic. While developmental stuttering is often identified amongst children as they develop speech and language skills. Whereas, neurogenic stuttering can be caused due to stroke, head trauma, tumors, meningitis, and other health concerns that may cause temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain. How is stuttering diagnosed? While stuttering may seem obvious to many, for some it is not. To help diagnose stuttering, the speech-language pathologist (SLP) must examine the patient to analyze the speaking concerns they have. They also assess different scenarios, including how the person copes with stutters, speech rate, and language skills. These close observations of the […]


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Stuttering: Basic Facts for Parents

  STUTTERING : BASIC FACTS FOR PARENTS: What is Stuttering? Stuttering (also known as stammering or dysfluencies) consists of disruptions in the normal flow of speech. It includes repeating words or parts of words, complete sound blockage, sound prolongations and physical tension or struggle.   What causes Stuttering?: There is no single cause of stuttering. Research has found that genetics, language skills, sound development, the child’s temperament and environmental factors play a role in the development of stuttering.   Is Stuttering an emotional problem? No. It is not caused by anxiety or being nervous. However it can cause fear of speaking.   Is Stuttering Cyclical? Yes it is common for people to stutter more at times and then be fluent at other times. It tends to come and go and people often learn to avoid words they might stutter on. Avoiding speaking can have a negative impact on social, emotional […]


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Adult Stuttering -What is Prolonged Speech?

Adult Stuttering-What is Prolonged Speech? Most people want to stop stuttering.  In fact we pray to stop stuttering.  I am an adult who stuttered severely so I get it.  Did you know continuous movement and prolonged speech improve fluency?  If you say “III waaannt to eaaaat piiiza” you might be fluent with help but sound robotic. That is the problem. It is unnatural and hard to maintain. None of us want to be boring speakers and put others to sleep. We want to be heard and be “normal” speakers. We all want to learn how to stop stuttering. We all want to end tomorrow. When I was stuttering severely I took fluency programs that taught me how to talk more fluently and slow down to 2 seconds per syllable. I did this for 7 hours a day and then I went to one second.  I stopped at .5 seconds per […]


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Lori Melnitsky-Journey with Stuttering

Lori Melnitsky by Beverly Fortune on September 2, 2009 Lori Melnitsky has been stuttering since she was four years old. It was a long journey for her to get to where she is today: one of the rare stutterers to have recovered from a severe stuttering disorder that has gone on to become a successful fluency expert and speech pathologist in a private practice. “Back then it wasn’t talked about,” Lori says. “It was a very hidden topic and you were embarrassed by it. There was a tremendous amount of shame. I was never part of anything in school,” she says. “I went to speech therapy but didn’t speak. [My stutter] became worse and I couldn’t say my name, [when I tried] my head would jerk back.” “I don’t think many people know what [stuttering] is,” Lori explains. “It’s a communication disorder that is characterized by the disruption of the normal flow of […]


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