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A step-by-step video series designed to help parents ‘manage’ their child’s stammering

Has your child suddenly (and I mean suddenly) gone from being a fluent speaker to now being unable to get a word out, even a commonly used word like “mama”

Or perhaps, you have noticed, with utter despair how gradually your child’s fluency is deteriorating with each passing day.

Or maybe your child’s stammering has been coming and going now for several months; with your child experiencing improved talking for some weeks, only for the stammer to return…

A child starting to stutter/stammer would have to be one of the most, if not THE most distressing realisations… because nothing prepares you for it…

For most stutter onsets, your child would have been ‘stutter-free’ or ‘smooth’ before the stutter appears. Which means, your child would have been able to communicate effortlessly and may have even been quite advanced for their age before the stuttering appeared

Watching your child struggling to say words they had no problem saying before is heart-breaking.


Your mind races at record speeds to what life would be like for your child…

Will people be cruel to them?
Will they be able to express themselves when you’re not there?
How can you help your child ‘overcome’ their stutter?
Is stuttering a lifelong condition?

So, what can be done to ‘manage’ a child’s stutter?

Research has found that the sooner therapy is sought after the onset of the stutter, the higher the likelihood that your child would be able to ‘manage’ their stutter

Whilst stuttering has ‘no cure’, early intervention is the key to ensuring that stuttering does not spiral out of control or becomes exacerbated.

Early intervention is the earliest possible ‘intervention’ or ‘therapy’ aimed at addressing your child’s communication issue.

In the case of stuttering, early intervention would be the earliest ‘therapy’ your child receives after the onset of their stutter (appearance of their stutter)


What you will learn from this video series:

What you will get inside the series


of me ‘teaching’ the important bits about stuttering and how to help your child ‘manage’ their stutter


videos of how to carry out some of the techniques discussed in the ‘lecture’ videos




I am a developmental pediatrician practicing at Gertrude’s children’s hospital. In this capacity I have worked with Lorna and find her to be very professional and passionate about her work.
She is very thorough when evaluating children and is comfortable interacting with other professionals in a multidisciplinary team. She has been a pleasure to work with.

Dr. Alliya Mohamed, MD FAAP.

We first met Lorna when she was referred to us as a speech therapist for our son. After we saw how quickly our son’s speech improved (and how Lorna integrated academic concepts into the therapy), we realized Lorna has a gift for working with children.
Lorna is someone you follow. Lorna…has our highest possible recommendation.

Mama & Baba Gabriel, and Samuel

Our very first meeting with Lorna gave me a great deal of confidence that i was finally at the right place. By the end of that first meeting i got to know for the first time the specific challenge areas that we needed to concentrate on so as to help my daughter along with her speech and i was also equipped with practical skills to further aid her progress. Six months down the line, my daughter can express herself much more clearly and this has given her confidence to make friends at school!


I know Lorna since that time for my son and do not hesitate to discuss with her any issue pertaining to her field. She gives all her time to listen and advices appropriately.
I feel proud to recommend her to any of my colleague, friend or my patients, as I have experienced her services myself. Speech therapy services are quite few in the country and not really affordable for some. Lorna is working hard to provide an affordable, uninterrupted service that the country is really in need of. We really need to support her in this great initiative.

Dr Rohini Patil MBBS, MD (Paed)

Stuttering will likely get worse over time

For most children who stutter, if the stutter is not addressed effectively, the stutter could end up getting progressively worse

Which means, if the stutter started out as mild or infrequent, with time, the stutter can end up being moderate or severe

Why is that?

Well, stuttering happens to have associated factors as well as environmental factors that could make stuttering worsen with time

What are these associated factors?

Research has shown that people who stutter tend to display heightened anxiety levels, especially around speaking situations

People who stutter are less likely to display higher confidence levels (more so for people who have been stuttering for extended periods of time) especially in situations that involve speaking

This means, if you have a child who stutters, they are less likely compared to children who speak fluently, to raise their hand in class to ask a question.

At home, they are less likely to join in a discussion or an argument

How could these factors contribute to the worsening of the stutter?

Imagine if you had any negative feelings associated with presenting in front of many people (or your boss), how do you think your presentations would go during these situations?

Over time, anxiety can make a child who stutters avoid speaking situations.

Anxiety can also make a child who stutters fearful (or anxious) about speaking situations, which in turn can negatively impact on their speaking fluency.

Environmental Factors

Similarly, there are environmental situations that can also contribute to the worsening of a stutter

It is unfortunate that people (including children) who stutter hardly every receive positive feedback (or praise) associated with how they speak

In fact, children who stutter might not even receive many other positive feedback about anything related to speaking

No one ever tells them they are speaking well

Or that they have great ideas

Or that their story was wonderful

INSTEAD, they are more likely to hear remarks such as,

“Why do you talk like that?”

“Why does your brother/sister speak like that?”

“Stop saying x x x”

All these reactions to how a child (or person) stutters can affect how they view themselves or their speaking abilities, which in turn, can make the stutter worsen over time

Imagine only hearing negative feedback about how you did a particular thing, how confident would you feel about attempting that thing…not so confident, right?


Our 3 year old daughter was struggling with stammering when we decided to seek help from a speech therapist, Lorna Muthamia- Ochido who came highly recommended by friends as well as my daughter’s school. She did a very thorough initial assessment which revealed that our daughter indeed stammered and also had a lisp, something that we were completely unaware of. Lorna was very friendly and skillful that our daughter barely noticed that she was being assessed.

Lorna exceeded our expectations…
– Our daughter was stutter free within a period of one year, with two therapy sessions per week.
– She was lisp free within three months with 1 session therapy per week.
– …She fully equipped us with strategies to use daily at home.


And… Who am I to be teaching this course?

Hi, I’m your teacher Lorna Muthamia-Ochido. I run a family-centred speech-language therapy clinic, the largest in East and Central Africa. My clinic has helped more than 40,000 children optimise their communication outcomes (in other words, I make children smarter ☺). My most important job however has been to empower parents and equip them with the necessary skills to mitigate their children’s speech/ language difficulties and set them on a trajectory of lifelong success.

Because I work in an underserved country, I have not always been able to make my services accessible to all who need it, which compelled me to find a way to get this much needed training out to parents so that they too can be empowered to make the difference in their child’s life. I am a mama of 3 (Mor- 11; Marwa- 9 and Mara- 5), so all these techniques have also been tried and tested with not just my clients, but my own children. I am also a proud homeschooler- I am passionate about enriching children’s learning journeys and bringing down barriers that prevent them from succeeding.

Does this describe your situation?

Frequently Asked Questions

After you purchase the video series, you’ll get an email from us with instructions for logging into your course.

No one can promise a ‘cure’ for stuttering, however, there are some effective strategies, which if applied consistently, can ‘manage’ your child’s stuttering. These video series teach some strategies that can help manage the stutter for children who are aged below 6 years.

Great question! No general course could ever replace an individualised speech therapy program. That said, these videos are meant to give you immediately implementable tips should they realise or suspect that your child has developed a stutter. I have found that parents who suspect their child may have a stutter, can in the time between the onset and seeking evaluation, inadvertently contribute to a worsening of the stutter.

These series can help you support your child’s speech, by acting as a stop-gap measure until you are in a position to seek evaluation from a speech therapist. In best case scenarios, these series can help get your child to become stutter-free. The tips I share here can also be used in conjunction with your child’s speech therapy plan.