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Stuttering - How to Help My Child at Home

Stuttering can seem scary. As a parent, it’s hard to know the reason why your child might be stuttering and what has is causing the stutter.

According to the Stuttering Foundation of America, “Stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions (li-li-like this), prolongations (lllllike this), or abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables. There may also be unusual facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak”

There are ways to help reduce stuttering. The important thing is to avoid making the stutter worse by making your child anxious. If you want to help your child, try some of the following:

  • Avoid corrections or criticisms such as "slow down," "take your time, These comments will only make your child feel more self-conscious.

  • Avoid having your child speak or read aloud when uncomfortable or when the stuttering increases.

  • Don't interrupt your child or tell him or her to start over.

  • Don't tell your child to think before speaking.

  • Provide a calm atmosphere in the home. Try to slow down the pace of family life.

  • Speak slowly and clearly when talking to your child or others in his or her presence.

  • Let your child speak for himself or herself and to finish thoughts and sentences. Pause before responding to your child's questions or comments.

  • Talk slowly to your child. Modeling a slow rate of speech will help with your child's fluency.

  • Model taking a deep breath to help relax those speech muscles!

If you are concerned, talk to your doctor or a speech-language therapist about what you might be noticing at home




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