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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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Helping Adults Stop Stuttering…

    I stopped. I never ever stutter anymore.  No more fear to speak.  Then I woke up. It was a dream I have had many times.  Not saying I am a religious person but I prayed daily. This is what I said to myself as a teen who stuttered severely with inner fears: ——-Please let me stop stuttering.   Please let me say “here” when attendance was taken. Please let me not shake when I order a diet soda.  Please let me stop stuttering.  Please let me say my name. Please let me meet someone and have kids. Please let me be able to call the pediatrician if they are sick. Please let me stop stuttering….. Is it possible to stop stuttering? The truth is as an adult it is hard to totally stop.  Even fluent speakers are not totally fluent. However it is possible to not struggle, eliminate fears […]


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My top ten: What I wish every parent/caregiver knew about stuttering…

What I wish every parent/caregiver knew about stuttering: This comes from my heart..   The ability to talk is priceless. The ability to be helped by someone who stutters themselves is invaluable. Stuttering specialists are rare and can change lives. Communication matters more than academics at times. Getting A’s but not being able to communicate is worthless to me. The earlier you can get help the better. Stuttering does not start out emotional but can negatively impact a life. It is more important than math tutoring because I feel locked in a speech jail. Positive feedback helps. Getting the right help can improve fluency, confidence and lives. I am tired hearing that parents should wait to get help. I have seen children as young as two stop stuttering. Not everyone can but let’s give it a fair shot. I am tired of hearing people should accept. Not everyone wants that […]


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Stuttering: Get me out of jail..

To my adults who stutter.. Like you many of you I struggled for many years stuttering. I was afraid to order a medium diet pepsi, say fill it up at the gas station or ask a simple question, like what time is it? It was kind of like being in speech jail. One day I was asked my birthday by a teacher in class. I could still hear the laughter as I said “I don’t know”. All I had to say was April 22 but the fear came on like a  huge wave was going to knock me down. I wanted to get out of the house of bondage but did have the “get out of jail” card.It is hard to believe because now my family and friends would say I am outspoken. What changed?Finding the right speech pathologist to help me. Believing in myself. Realizing that it was not all […]


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Preschool Stuttering: My feelings on Lidcombe Program for Stuttering

Happy Day 3 of Stuttering Awareness Week… In the early years  upon first becaming a speech pathologist I was never sure the exact approach to treat childhood stuttering. I also believed in a model called demands and capacity which was developed by Woody Starkweather.  It basically states the more demands you can decrease in a child’s life the more capacity for fluent speech. For example, if  a child has siblings and they are all competing for their parent’s attention than the capacity for fluent speech diminishes because they have to rush to get the words out. The home environment  often does play a role in stuttering.  Changing the environment might not stop stuttering but it will help the child feel more comfortable speaking. Over ten years ago I was trained in the Lidcombe Program.  (btw-Lidcombe is a suburb in Australia). I was very eager to learn a more structured way […]


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Preschool Stuttering: Do not Wait

Lidcombe Stuttering Therapy for Preschool Children Comes to Long Island   Don’t Wait to get help..  Stuttering in Children…   Many children experience periods of disfluency or stuttering between the ages of 2 ½ and 5.  These children are often described as “anxious” or “nervous because the words do not flow easily out of their mouth.  Parents understandably become upset and are unsure of where to turn.  Pediatricians often say they will outgrow it and there is no reason to worry.    In the meantime, both child and parents become frustrated.  Parents are NOT to blame for stuttering and require support.   The goal of the Lidcombe program is to train parents to deliver the treatment in their child’s environment on a daily basis.  It involves weekly visits to a speech language pathologist trained in this program and follow up activities at home.  The basic therapy is individualized for each child […]


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