OCSLHA

Oakland County Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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BASIC FACTS ABOUT STUTTERING

Prevalence: About 1% of school-age population
Sex Ratio: 4 boys for 1 girl on average
Familial: 50% of stutterers have another family member who stutters
Onset: Median = 4 years; range 2-9 yrs;  90% before age of 7 yrs.
How Begins: for about 70% onset is gradual; 30% have sudden onset
Temperament: Slow to adapt; minimally distractible; described as sensitive to change; has strong fears; difficulty separating from parents.

 Things Parents Can Do To Help Child Who Stutters

 1.  Accept your child and his speech. Realize that he is doing the best he can, right now.

 2.  Speak at a normal or slightly slower rate of speech. Resist the urge to speak rapidly or rush your speech.

 3.  Reduce length and complexity of your sentences, especially when your child is having a particularly disfluent day.

 4.  Take two 5-minute periods each day to practice pausing for about one second before responding to your child’s questions.

 5.  Let your child select the topic of conversation and then after he speaks; rephrase his remarks to let him know he communicated effectively; for example, child says, “I like the dog.” Parent says, “Yes, I like the dog too, he is very friendly.”

 6.  Spend some time together each day in enjoyable, nonverbal activities (playing catch, swimming, just having fun together).

 Things Teachers Can Do

1.     Be accepting of easy stuttering

2.     Be calm & interested in child’s speech

3.     Call on early; accept short answers

4.     Do not allow others to interrupt

5.     Paraphrase what child just said disfluently

6.     Consult with SLP, child, parents, peers

7.     Be an advocate for the child

Six (6) SOURCES for NETWORKING

bulletnsastutter.org
bulletfriendswhostutter.org
bulletStutt-L: listserv@vm.temple.edu
+for teens: sub wordfreefirst lastname
bulletStutt Help listproc2@bgu.edu
bulletStutt-X: listserv@asuvm.inre.asu.edu
bulletstuttertreatment.com

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