School-age stuttering therapy is based upon a differential evaluation that identifies factors (e.g., motoric, linguistic, emotional, attitudinal, environmental) which contribute to
a child’s stuttering.
Therapy addresses those factors that are relevant to each individual child and family.
Therapy helps children:
- learn about speech production and the nature
- identify and analyze their own speaking/stuttering behavior
- develop stuttering modification and fluency-enhancing strategies
- develop healthy attitudes toward speaking and stuttering
- develop problem-solving skills for managing speech in challenging situations
- integrate learned skills and attitudes into their daily lives
- take ownership of the therapy process and become “their own speech clinician”
Children who complete the core therapy program may join the school-age continuation group if follow-up services are necessary.
Consultation with school personnel is maintained in order to support and extend progress made in therapy.
Parent counseling helps parents
to better understand the nature of stuttering and the factors that contribute to their child’s particular stuttering problem.
Questions and concerns about the child’s stuttering are addressed as parents learn to support their child as he or she develops greater freedom of speech.
Click Here for handout: General Advice for Parents of School-Age Children Who Stutter.
Click Here to view Resources and References Relating to School-Age Stuttering Therapy.
Click Here to explore Dr. Allen’s therapy resource “Speak Freely: Essential Speech Skills for School-Age Children Who Stutter