Resources and Support for children who stutter

If your child is one of the 3 million Americans who struggle with stuttering, you know the importance of helping them succeed. According to the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions, prolongations, or abnormal stoppages of sounds and syllables. Stuttering can be caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, neurophysiology, and family dynamics. Early intervention is critical in preventing stuttering from becoming a long-term issue, and the majority of children who stutter improve by adolescence or adulthood. CHSC offers several suggestions for ways parents can help their children at home, including:

  • Speak to your child slowly, at a relaxed pace
  • Avoid criticizing his speech or telling him to “slow down
  • Let your child express his ideas freely instead of asking a series of questions
  • Avoid interrupting your child when he is speaking
  • Do not finish your child’s sentences or speak for him
  • Show your child that you’re listening to his message, not his speech patterns
  • Emphasize that you fully accept your child just as he is. Make him feel secure at home

To learn more about preparing your child for success and improving stuttering, schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist on your True Care Advantage medical care plan. A speech-language pathologist is an excellent resource and can give you strategies geared specifically for your child.

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