Home therapy for stutter ?

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Home therapy for stutter ?

Postby Ramona » Tue Aug 15, 2006 11:36 am

I'm new to this site but not to homeschooling. I much prefer to do things myself. Now my 3-y-o stutters and I was just letting her grow out of it, but it has started to affect her willingness to speak up at church and even at home. Has anyone here helped a child get rid of a stutter or stammer or does anyone whose child went through therapy for it know what the speech therapist did?


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Re: Home therapy for stutter ?

Postby Theodore » Tue Aug 15, 2006 1:46 pm

The following seems to offer a lot of useful advice:

Basically, reduce stress, don't allow interruptions or hurrying while she's speaking, give her verbal assignments in advance so she can practice on her own if necessary. If she has problems with certain words or sounds, suggest synonyms that she has an easier time with, or let her skip those words entirely and practice them on her own.

All of this is going to require a lot of practice on her part, though, just like you'd have to practice harder on writing if you had coordination troubles. The important thing is to allow her to get that practice, which means making sure she is allowed sufficient time to speak and not made fun of.

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Postby MNKristy » Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:06 pm

This is another great site with lots of useful information.


Look at the "For Parents" section on the left.

Theodore gives alot of basic, useful advice!

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Postby dragonfly183 » Thu Dec 28, 2006 9:56 pm

I stuttered when i was very young, sometimes the problem corrects itself. i can remember being three and struggling to get the words out. then one day it just suddenly stopped. it may fix itself.

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Postby Lenethren » Sat Dec 30, 2006 1:18 pm

My son stutters. Although I homeschool I am allowed to set up appointments and take him to a speech therapist that works within the school system. I live in BC Canada and things may be much different here. I stopped this year as my son wasn't liking it.

The most important thing is something Theodore said..."don't allow interruptions or hurrying while she's speaking" My son hates it when people don't let him finish what he is trying to say. The only thing I really work at with him is eye contact. It is common for kids who stutter to look slightly to the side of someone instead of directly at them. This in turn causes people to get uncomfortable because the child is not making eye contact and they don't know why. So I encourage my son to work on making eye contact and I let any adults who we spend any time with know why he looks aside.
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