If you are worried that your preschool child is stuttering, we encourage you to speak to one of our expert speech therapists, SLP's (speech-language pathologists) who specialize in treating childhood stuttering as well as older children and adults with fluency disorders.
While speech disfluencies during early childhood are a normal part of speech and language development, certain risk factors may suggest a more persistent problem. We recommend an evaluation if:
Research confirms that 75-80% of pre-schoolers who stutter stop stuttering in childhood. However, certain factors can help predict which children are at a greater risk for persistent stuttering.
During the evaluation, the clinician will assess:
At the conclusion of the evaluation, parents and other family members are provided practical information including educational handouts that will help them establish a plan moving forward.
We know it can be confusing to navigate all the information out there about stuttering in pediatrics, and we will help you understand the components of the various treatments available (including the The Lidcombe program, parent- child interaction therapy, indirect approaches focusing on environment modifications, and direct treatment focusing on physical speech modification.)
If treatment is recommended, the speech therapist will discuss the specific goals and therapy techniques that will be used to support both you and your child.
Regardless of whether or not a given child recovers from stuttering, early treatment can help your child to:
We personalize our treatment approach according to the unique needs of each child. Preschool stuttering therapy, as well as therapy for older children, promotes increased fluency, effective communication skills and healthy attitudes about talking. We make treatment interactive and fun, so children are motivated to participate.
Speech therapy services for preschoolers are available in an in-person setting in New York City, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. We also offer parent consultations via phone or online video conferencing.
To learn more about any of these stuttering therapy services, please contact AIS at 212-633-6400 or at email@example.com. You can also contact AIS directly here.