- Extensive interview with parents
- One-on-one interaction between the clinician and the child to stimulate conversation through play, talking, video taping, etc.
If it is determined that your child is at risk to continue stuttering, treatment will most likely be recommended. This should involve working with the family unit. Small children are not usually candidates for direct therapy. Working with parents is equally important. As a child grows older and may be in a later stage of their stuttering development, one on one work is more appropriate but at the same time, parental involvement is essential.
Today through treatment Adam is learning to understand and cope with the way his body produces speech. He understands why he stutters, how his speech is produced and is gaining the tools needed to help him control his speech pattern. In therapy, Adam focuses on his attitudes and feelings about himself as a speaker and person. All this information is helping Adam face the teasing he encounters and is enabling him to teach other children the facts about his problem.
The most important thing that can be done to help a stutterer is to educate others, to increase awareness and to promote acceptance. Especially in the case of children, it is our responsibility to help them get the treatment and support that they really need.
Tips for Parents
Some important things that you can do if you think that your child stutters:
- Provide a supportive environment.