- Intervene if siblings tease. Obviously, it’s healthy to encourage patience and tolerance from your other children as well as the child’s friends. None of us is perfect!
- Set realistic goals for your child. Try to keep expectations appropriate for his or her age level and abilities.
- Most of all, love and accept your child for everything that he is. Know that no one is to blame for the stuttering. You did not cause it. Nor is your child responsible for creating it. It’s probably something neurological that he was born with. Just as you have no control over the color of your child’s eyes, you had no control over this.
- Relax with your child’s dysfluencies. Be okay with it. As difficult as this may sound, just try it. Often we get upset or fearful because we’ve learned to create these feelings as a way to motivate ourselves to do something about it ...”if I get really worried about this, then I will try to do something about it”. Or, we’ve learned to get upset as a way to show we care. Oftentimes, less is more. It is actually more powerful and effective to let go of the fear and worry and simply move in the direction of seeking the right advice and getting good help. This is how we can show we care. When you feel better, your child will feel better!
The American Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Professional Training provides comprehensive, high-quality, financially accessible stuttering treatment to children, teens and adults, as well as training for other speech-language pathologists. The mission of the Institute is to extend a helping hand to those in need; give hope where there has been none; improve quality of life; and provide a sense of freedom for individuals who stutter. The Institute may be contacted by calling 1-877-3 STUTTER (1-877-378-8883).