Treatment of Stuttering
Although there is no cure for stuttering, early intervention may keep stuttering from becoming a lifelong problem. A speech-language pathologist can evaluate the stuttering pattern and recommend therapy that can help a person learn to speak more easily and overcome psychological barriers, such as fear of speaking in public.
Treatment approaches include:
- Fluency Shaping Therapy - Reprogramming the speech musculature (system of muscles) to produce fluent speech by coordinating respiration, phonation, and articulation.
- Stuttering Modification - Modifying moments of stuttering with a strong emphasis on communicative attitudes and emotions.
- Combined Approaches - Aspects of both treatment approaches (fluency shaping and stuttering modification) are combined.
How to Help a Child Who Stutters
- Provide an atmosphere at home that’s relaxed and allows ample opportunity for your child to speak.
- Establish a family rule that everyone has to take turns and waits until one person finishes speaking before another begins. This will reduce pressure on a child to talk fast in order to be heard.
- Listen attentively and encourage your child to talk to you about fun and easy topics.
- Don’t interrupt when your child is speaking, even if he or she is having trouble or making mistakes.
- Rather than trying to slow your child's speech, slow your own and be a good role model. Asking your child to slow down may only cause frustration.
- Refrain from asking open-ended questions.
- Wait for your child to get the words out rather than getting impatient and saying them yourself.
- Don’t have your child practice certain sounds or words. This can make a child feel uncomfortable about his or her speech.
- Avoid asking the child to speak for others.
- Talk openly about stuttering if your child brings it up.
- Discourage other adults from correcting your child's speech.
- Don’t discuss the speech problem with others in front of your child.
To be seen by one of our speech pathologists, you will need a referral. You or your physician can call
(585) 758-5730 to schedule an appointment.
For inpatient questions, please call (585) 275-8493. Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.