I recently received an email from a speech pathologist who was concerned about a teenager who stutters on her caseload. I was thrilled she asked how to help. She observed this 11 year old was not talking too much or not interested in exploring the topic of stuttering. So what do we do? Children get a ton of questions from their parents and even at my age my mom likes to know what is going on. I work part time in a high school and the last thing they want me doing is asking questions about their lives. They love talking about their strengths, sports or cars. It is up to me to find ways of encouraging them without making stuttering the highlight of their lives. The truth is people who stutter want to talk. Most people do not like talking about things that bother them, ex: weight, poor hearing […]
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Keep them talking whether they stutter or not. I cannot stress that enough. Keep encouraging them until they get to that point where they come to their “aha” moment. This happens at various ages, sometimes at age 7 and other times when they are going to college. Intensive and individual options are available to learn how to breathe properly, ease into words and combine words together.
I get many calls each week about their child who started stuttering out of nowhere. Many ask should I see a neurologist? The answer is no. These are questions to ask yourself.. Is there a history in the family? Are they struggling? Are they aware? Are they blocking? Always trust your gut. Pediatricians often say to wait. Although that might be the easy thing to do it is not always the right suggestion. Doctors are often our first resource but stuttering is usually not something they learn about in school. Sometimes a simple consult is helpful with a speech pathologist in stuttering helps relieve concern. Remember to not interrupt and allow sufficient time to speak.
Never say never. I was not the best student in high school. I was unsure what I wanted and stuttered severely. Please read. I am not doing teen life coaching and of course stuttering and speech therapy. Please email me at Lori@allislandspeech.com in strict confidence. https://allislandspeech.com/HowIbecameaSpeechLanguagePathologist.php
Many years ago I was scared to say hello. Yes I was scared to say hello. I took a prolonged course that I learned from it. I can help your teen improve fluency. Once a week might not be the answer. I have a unique program. www.allislandspeech.com
The truth is not every speech pathologist specializes in stuttering therapy. It is a complex disorder with a small percentage of the population who stutter. Many students never see anyone who stutters and school speech pathologists have large caseloads with various disorders and huge amounts of paperwork. There are many important areas that need to be addressed for therapy to be effective and the goals are different at different ages: Preschool Stuttering: Let’s try and eliminate. Do not work on breathing! School Age Stuttering: Improve fluency, improve confidence and self esteem, incorporate parents in the process, talk about stuttering openly. Older Teens and College Students: Improve fluency and talk about how to help them. Remember I stuttered severely and never gave up. I taught myself with help how to help others. www.allislandspeech.com
Many years ago when I was an accountant I had interviews while stuttering severely or what I perceived as severe difficulty communicating. I was a pro at substituting words and avoiding as not to stutter. I would not dare disclosing that I stuttered at that time. Interestingly I got many jobs despite the challenges of free expression. I believe these are a few of the reasons why… I established eye contact. I was confident in what I said. I even got a job as a computer assistant by just not the language. I am persuasive. If you are interested in coaching, speech therapy or a webinar to help you please email Lori@allislandspeech.com I can also coach you through difficult situations. Together we can succeed.