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Suggested Facts About Preventing Stuttering*

A ballpark estimate of the probability of a child starting to stutter is about 4 of every 100 children. Nearly 1/2 will recover within a year. About 3/4 will recover by puberty. A few more may recover after puberty. Clearly, the best chance of recovery is early childhood; the earlier the better.

When parents and teachers pay little attention to children except when they stutter, then stuttering becomes a primary tool for gaining attention otherwise unavailable.

Perkins maintains that the seeds of stuttering are insecurity and its twin, shyness.  [Do you agree with this?]

Children Are More Likely To Outgrow Stuttering When They:

1.  Feel confident and secure

2.  Are not affected by where they stutter or with whom 

3.  Stutter mainly when excited or have something important to say

4. Can speak fast without stuttering when talking to themselves 

5.  Will compete with others for attention. 

Perkins’ Also Noted That Children Who Are More Likely To Stutter

1.  Have difficulty asserting themselves into conversations

2.  Have parents who pay more attention when they stutter

3.  Feel shy, timid and insecure 

4.  Think of themselves as stutterers 

5.  Feel frustrated and helpless when they stutter 

6.  Avoid and substitute words when they expect to stutter 

7.  Feel hesitant to speak out 

8.  Have (in order of importance) a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, father, grandfather, brother or uncle who stuttered. 

Interestingly, there is one sentence in his book which Perkins says is a cardinal rule for parents and teachers.  The sentence reads:

"NEVER TELL A CHILD WHO STUTTERS TO SLOW DOWN."

               *Wm. Perkins, Stuttering Prevented, 1992         

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