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An overview of cluttering as a speech disorder…

When speech becomes cluttered with faulty phrases, repetitions, fillers, unrelated words, and unintelligible terms, it leads to a communication disorder. With cluttering, speech becomes difficult to understand, and people speak at a rapid rate. This fluency pattern makes it difficult for listeners to understand the style of speaking. There’s an irregular rhythm, marked by inappropriate pauses along with unfinished words and sentences. Although, during conversations they are asked to repeat often, people with cluttering issues are unaware of their deficits. Stuttering and cluttering are closely related to fluency disorders and can also co-exist. With the help of an experienced speech-language pathologist, they can easily help you identify the communication disorder and develop a treatment plan. Assessment for cluttering Speech therapy for cluttering must be customized to the needs of the person seeking treatment. As per the cluttering assessment paper published by Yvonne van Zaalen-op ‘t Hof, Florence Myers, David Ward, […]


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What is the Lidcombe Program For Childhood Stuttering?

What is the Lidcombe Program for Stuttering? (with Lori Melnitsky,  MA CCC-SLP, Stuttering Specialist) www.allislandspeech.com 516-776-0184   Basic facts:   (Please note this is not a recipe and must be modified with your help)   The Lidcombe Program is a behavioral treatment for children who stutter who are younger than 7 years. It may be suitable for some older children. (ages 8 to 9 with modifications).   The program takes its name from the suburb of Sydney where the Australian Stuttering Research Centre was located.   How is the treatment administered:   The treatment is administered by a parent or caregiver in the child’s everyday environment. Parents learn how to do the treatment during weekly visits to the speech-language pathologist.   During these visits, the speech-language pathologist teaches the parent by demonstrating various aspects of the treatment, observing the parent do the treatment, and giving parents helpful hints about how […]


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Suggested 504 Accomodations for Students who Stutter…

Accommodations for Students who Stutter……. Stuttering occurs when there are disruptions in fluency or flow of speech. With slight accommodations for students who stutter, teachers can make them feel more comfortable in the education scene. When in class, it’s normal for students who stutter to feel nervous, embarrassed, and frustrated. They experience stress and emotional tension. When a teacher is confronted with such a student, they often don’t know what accommodations they can make in the classroom to help these students adapt to the learning culture by minimizing their difficulties and stress for talking. Not all students need these accommodations. It is perfectly acceptable to stutter and talk. Tips for teachers to make accommodations for students who stutter It’s imperative to provide your students, especially the ones with challenging communication difficulties all the necessary help and support they ask for. Start by having a one-on-one conversation with the student who […]


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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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