How to form words, speak slowly, and relax even
while stuttering. Your child can practice these exercises outside of
How to manage the physical symptoms of
stuttering, such as eye-blinking.
How to deal with the emotional
difficulties that may result from speech problems.
Role-playing is often used as a way to help your child learn how to
apply these strategies. For example, the child may be asked to imagine
different situations as he or she speaks and to role-play how others would
react. A child can practice responses and learn to anticipate and manage
stressful situations. Similarly, a speech-pathologist may have your child
practice speaking in different settings and with different people. For example,
your child may start with speaking alone, then in front of a small family
group, and then gradually work up to reading aloud in front of others, speaking
on the telephone, and talking in front of a classroom.1
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The speech-language pathologist also often works with you and other
family members. The therapist teaches the family some techniques for building
an accepting and calm environment, which is important for improving your
child's speech. This training is an extension of indirect treatment, where a
calm environment is provided for speech to resolve naturally with little
You also may be asked to keep detailed records of your child's
progress with using specific techniques in the home setting.
Stuttering usually improves gradually over a year or more with direct
treatment. Some children may even lose all trace of speech problems. The
success of treatment largely depends on:
The cause of the speech problem.
The therapist's abilities.
amount of support from parents and family.
Dulcan MK, et al. (2003). Stuttering section of
Developmental disorders. Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 3rd ed., pp. 205-207. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric
Primary Medical Reviewer
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert M. Kroll, BsC, MSc, PhD - Speech Pathology
August 13, 2010
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August 13, 2010
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