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What should we say to the parent of a young child who has recently started to stutter?

I often receive calls or emails from parents who are concerned about stuttering in their young child’s speech. Sometimes, the child has just started stuttering; other times, the child has been stuttering for a while but the parents have reached the point where they are concerned enough to take action.

What should we tell them? We want to set their minds at ease wherever possible – there’s no reason for parents

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Why no "continuous phonation?"

As many of you know, we are continuing to post “how to” videos for teaching speech handling strategies to children and adolescents who stutter. These videos complement discussions of speech strategies in our clinical manual, School Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide. Recently, we posted our newest video (find our pausing/phrasing video here), and subsequently received a Facebook request from a SLP for a video highlighting the

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Even more thoughts about secondary characteristics...

I posted previously about addressing secondary characteristics, but this is a common question for clinicians. So, I thought I'd write a bit more....

Secondary characteristics, or accessory behaviors, include eye blinks, looking away from the listener, tensing muscles in the articulators or elsewhere in the body, moving ones hands, etc. These behaviors can be uncomfortable for speakers, because they can draw more attention to the stuttering itself. Still, they are

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How young is too young for treatment?

I recently read of a mother who is seeing stuttering with signs of frustration in her 2 year old daughter. She was wondering if it’s too early to seek treatment…

It is true that some children can start stuttering a very young age, but it is also true that most young children who start to stutter ultimately recover and go on to develop typically fluent speech. Determining the right time

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Generalization is a challenge!

I am often asked about how to help children generalize their speaking strategies from the therapy room into real-world situations. Clinicians typically report that kids are good at using strategies in structured tasks like reading when they have a lot of clinician support but need reminders when using techniques in conversational speech.

Generalization in stuttering therapy is one of the most common challenges that speech-language pathologists (and their young clients)

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How long do we wait?

Happy 2018!

I’m just sitting here watching some more snow fall while I archive my emails from 2017. The biggest folder in my mailbox is the one where I keep all of the questions that I receive from clinicians and families about stuttering. I am often struck by just how much uncertainty there is about stuttering, and I am pleased when I can offer some words of comfort or guidance

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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

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