How To Manage Your Child’s Stammering.

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

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

Gone from being a fluent speaker to now being able to get a word out even a commonly used word like “mama”

Has your child suddenly (and I mean suddenly)


And this is
because nothing
prepares you
for it...

I think a child starting to stutter/stammer would have to be one of the most
if not THE most distressing realisation…

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 heartbreaking

You call your own family to find out if you used to stutter as a child or if anyone else in the family had had a stutter

You try to troubleshoot what about your
environment could be triggering this behaviour

Would people be cruel to them?

Will they be able to express themselves when you’re not there?

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

You wonder what you could do to help your child ‘overcome’ their stutter. Does stuttering have to be a lifelong condition?

Absolutely not!

Yet 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?

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Anxiety

Environmental 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.

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

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

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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

Anxiety

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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

“Why do you talk like that?”

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

“Stop saying x x x”

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

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?

Whilst stuttering has ‘no cure’, early intervention is definitely 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.

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

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)

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

In my 15+ years of experience as a speech therapist,
stuttering is one of the conditions I am able to improve
outcomes for, if it is addressed early. 

This means, if you address your child’s stutter as soon as you notice it, the greater the chance that they will be able to speak smoothly.

 If your child has been stuttering for days, weeks, or even months...
They stand a great chance of being able to speak fluently if they receive the right kind of therapy. 

And the good news is...

Anybody can do what I do and get the same amazing results!

For most children who come in for therapy shortly after they start stuttering, parents see results within a few weeks on commencing therapy

Obviously the results vary depending on individual circumstances - severity, family history or even psychosocial issues

How to determine if your child has a  stutter/stammer or not

Characteristics of stuttering

How to determine the severity of your child’s stutter

What you can start to do to reduce the  symptoms

Discussion of one effective treatment program shown to significantly improve stuttering outcomes for children 6 years and below

How to easily implement this program from home

What you will learn from
these video series:

When you purchase the series, you will get:

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

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

Your child used to talk fluently, but appears to have developed a
 dysfluency in their speech

Who are these video series for?

Does this describe your situation;

Your child is aged below 4 years, or if older than 4 (but below 6 years), only recently developed the stammer

Your child appears to prefer independent play, and often doesn’t co-operate when engaged in play

Your child is beginning to show frustration at his/her change of fluency

You would like to find out if this is indeed a stammer/stutter or just a ‘passing cloud’ that you needn’t worry about

You would like to learn some tips on how to support your child through this ‘phase’

How do I access the video series?

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.

2.Will this ‘cure’ my child’s stammer?

How do I access the video series?

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

1. How do I access the video series?

No general course could ever replace an individualised speech therapy program. That said, these videos are meant to give you immediately implementable tips should you realise or suspect that your child has developed a stutter. 

3. Do these videos replace face-to-face speech therapy?

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. 

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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.

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