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Stuttering on the holidays

Sitting here on a lovely, snowy, Christmas morning in Michigan thinking about all of the excitement that goes with the holidays...

As wonderful as this is, it can sometimes cause some stress for parents, who may worry when they see their children stuttering more when they get worked up. We can help parents through this time by reminding them that this is normal and expected--and that their child's joy during this magical season is far more important than any temporary increase in disfluency they might see. Teach parents that it's okay to enjoy the turmoil and exuberance!

Here's one of our classic Practical Tips about helping parents prepare for the holidays. Here's to a peaceful and happy New Year for all!

 

J Scott Yaruss

Written by : J Scott Yaruss

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, is a professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts, more than 115 other papers on stuttering, and several clinical resources, including the Overall Assessment of the Speaker's Experience of Stuttering (OASES), Early Childhood Stuttering: A Practical Guide, School-Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, the Minimizing Bullying program, and more (all published by Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc.).