Stuttering is a form of speech disorder that impairs speech flow and fluency. While it may not be a cause of alarm for most people, concerns occur, when its behaviors become habitual to the point that they impact how the person stuttering is seen by others and their self-confidence.
It involves the repetition of sounds and syllables, an inability to get words out, and the prolongation of words at their beginning. Stuttering may also cause other behaviors such as tics, frowns, and facial grimaces.
How We Can Help
Our assistance in resolving stuttering in children, teenagers, and adults includes conducting assessments, developing and implementing therapy plans, and making referrals.
The assessment involves a discussion with the person concerned to understand his or her concerns, a language review to understand the person’s language and how they put their ideas into words, observation, and the gathering of relevant background information.
For children, we train the parents on ensuring a positive experience for the child and the parents, as well as a program known as “Syllable Times Speech.” For adolescents, we implement a speech-restructuring program.
Finally, during assessment, if we discover any mental health concerns with the person involved that we think could exacerbate the stuttering behaviors, we may refer them to a clinical psychologist.
What Is The Impact Of Stuttering?
Children who stutter may face unpleasant reactions from their peers, such as being interrupted, mocked, booed, mimicked, or ignored. According to research, stuttering practices have a lifetime influence on school accomplishment and job success. Stuttering also has a negative impact on mental health outcomes.
At What Point Do I Seek Help For My Stuttering Child?
It is critical to get assistance from a speech pathologist as soon as you see your child stuttering. While some children do not appear to be aware of their stuttering, others may feel frustrated or ashamed about their “setbacks.” As a result, early speech – language pathology intervention is useful for this group of children.
For teenagers and adults alike, we recommend seeking of help if stuttering prevents one from connecting with others or forming social connections, is interfering with their ability to do their work, is interfering with their mental health and wellbeing, or if tend to feel self-conscious or anxious about their stuttering speech.