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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Today on a rainy day I received a call from a teenager who stutters in his first year of college. I first met Brandon when he was approximately 13. I was surprised but so happy to hear his voice. He sounded like a young man and not a kid anymore. He spoke with grace and confidence. He proceeded to tell me that I inspired him to get a job from a you tube video I made on stuttering. I talked about how working helped me overcome my fear of speaking. Sometimes I wonder who watches my videos but now I know. The truth is Brandon inspired me early on. He was a hard worker with very supportive parents. Stuttering was a challenge but he worked hard not only on the physical aspect of stuttering but the emotional aspect. He appeared on a Fios 1 segment with me. Talking […]
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.
If you would like more information on the Lidcombe Program for Early Childhood Stuttering, please visit www.allislandspeech.com Speech difficulties Fiona Baker bodyandsoul.com.au At least a quarter of child stutterers will need some form of treatment. And the earlier, the better. For Gary*, watching The King’s Speech was a painful process. As a former stutterer – who still occasionally relapses when anxious – the movie re-opened some old childhood wounds. “I can’t remember not stuttering,” says the 49-year-old who eventually in his 20s learnt to control his stammer. “But back then it was considered ‘my affliction’ and nothing much was done to treat it. “I grew up in the country and I just had to deal with it. The thing is, I couldn’t deal with it – I was teased, even by my siblings, and became quiet and withdrawn and felt isolated and unable to make friends.” Life-long impact It’s estimated that […]
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
This is a word I use often. I was always persistent. I guess it came in handy with stuttering. Many times I talk with parents of children who stutter or adults. They ask me why previous therapies did not work. Like anything else in life not everything works for everyone. You need a connection. I worked at many therapies too but I can tell you that prolonged speech is the best program out there for adults. I use these tools now and barely stutter.
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