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Speech Therapy Tips: Is Your Child Stuttering?



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is your little one stuttering well today

we're gonna be talking about stuttering

we're gonna be talking about questions

you can ask and then also things that

you can do to help your child speak more

fluently don't go away

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hey welcome back to leader real where

language comes to life nice today we're

going to be talking about this idea of

stuttering I will tell you if you found

this if you've searched for this video

and found it because you're concerned

that your little one is starting to

stutter you're not alone this is one of

the the most frequent questions I get

asked in the clinic I'm I'm always

receiving phone calls of parents who are

saying well my child is doing this and

he's starting to stutter and and I'm

concerned that that he's being more

disfluent than he is fluent or or

whatever the case may be so they call me

with these questions and and so I just

said let's let's do a video about this

because I know there are a lot of

parents like you who are concerned that

your child is stuttering today we're

going to be talking about some some

questions to ask if you are concerned

we're gonna be talking about just a few

of the risk factors and then we're gonna

be talking about some things you can do

within your everyday environment to kind

of set up the environment to to foster

or to encourage fluent speech so as we

get started today we're gonna start with

just some questions that you can ask I

will tell you a lot of this information

is coming from the stuttering foundation

it's one of the best resources online I

put a link in it through the in the show

description down below

um parents if you're concerned go to

this website they have a lot of free

resources for you if you're a child

who's stuttering or an older child who

stuttering they have resources for you

as well or an adult who stutters I mean

this website is fabulous and so you're

going to want to check it out but if

you're concerned about your little one

um the one of the biggest questions you

need to look at is when did this start

right is this did it start before the

age of three three and a half if so

that's a good indication that it's

probably going to be what we would

consider developmental stuttering right

there are some other questions that

we're going to ask to kind of tweeze

that out but but developmental

stuttering as we like to think about it

is very

and researchers think it's kind of a

perfect storm right of kiddos as they're

acquiring more and more language and

they're trying to get more and more

language out and and communicate their

message more clearly to their parents or

to siblings or whoever it may be there's

this load right there's this this

conversation load of between in this

this battle between what they want to

say and and how quickly they're able to

process and program everything and get

everything moving in the right direction

to to actually say it and you will start

to see some some syllable repetitions or

some part word repetitions typically two

maybe three they're like I you know and

it's more of in that case more of a

placeholder right and we've talked about

that here at Ling Garou we've talked

about kind of that that competition for

the floor and who's talking and who's

got the floor and who gets it next in

and and so we see that a lot we see that

as little kids are developing their

language we see some of this disfluency

or some of this stuttering occur between

that three three and a half year mark

and another question you could ask is is

how long has it been going on right is

this just started or or has this been

going on maybe six months more than six

months and and kind of gauged that

because that's also going to be an

indicator of of how how much of a

problem this could be and if it's a true

stuttering difficulty or or a disfluency

or if it's just like I said this kind of

developmental phase that the child will

will pass through and that if it will

remediate itself with or without speech

therapy on its own another thing you're

going to want to ask is are there other

behaviors that are going along with it

right as they're stuttering are they

relaxed in their face or do you see some

groping do you see them kind of closing

their eyes maybe blinking their eyes or

moving their body or are there other

physical signs of struggle are there

other physical signs of what we would

consider blocking where where the the

the speech isn't coming out but there

are other parts of their body that are

kind of getting getting

involved in the process as well along

that line another thing would be to

listen for the airflow right if the

airflow is blocked and you hear nothing

coming out that's a very different type

of disfluency than a disfluency where

they're just kind of continual III right

where that where the vocal and that

where the voice and the airflow hasn't

been interrupted the fourth question you

might want to ask is are there other

speech and language concerns right are

their articulation difficulties are

their language concerns right or is this

stuttering just kind of the only thing

and and they've been following

directions and they've been adding new

words every day and and you really

didn't have a concern and then all of a

sudden this started right that would be

a very different area of concern or that

would be a very different type of

difficulty to consider than if they had

other problems if they have other

concerns going along with it if it's

just the stutter that just kind of

happened overnight it seems that would

be a very different concern and will

approach it in a very different way than

if they have other things going on as

well

some other questions you can ask and

this is again why this website is is

very important they have a chart that

they've created about risk factors

you'll want to check that out some of

the risk factors are our family history

if you stutter your husband or wife

stutters or if you have a family history

maybe a brother or or there's a sibling

one of your other children also has

disfluency um those are those are risk

factors right um gender me up males

little boys are often more likely to

stutter than little girls so there are

all of these factors that again it's not

set in stone it's not you know it's not

decided already that your child is going

to stutter if these things are true but

but there are factors that that increase

the percentage or increase the the rate

at which a fluency disorder or a fluency

difficulty would be diagnosed okay so

guys those are some some general

questions now kind of what what can we

do about it right um the first thing I

would say

is nothing I would say give it some time

I would say ignore it don't draw

attention to it um act like you you know

you're just going on with your day as

you're listening to your child and if

they are experiencing a stutter or or a

disfluency just let them talk right that

one of the worst things you can do is to

to punic it punitive or or call them out

or embarrass them or add any type of

shame or or feelings of pressure or

guilt to the situation so I would say

number one just ignore it at first and

and see if it just kind of goes away on

its own

another thing you can do is is to slow

your rate of speaking down right we've

talked about this and again notice I

didn't say tell your child to slow down

right that would be back on the first

thing I said about don't draw attention

to it right um anything like that you

know slow down get it out say it again

you know like anything like that is

gonna do more harm and be more

detrimental to your child than just

slowing your rate of speech down and

creating a more calm relaxed environment

in which your child can communicate okay

so the next thing you're gonna gonna

want to do is to set up your child to

take a turn in the conversation let's

say you are at the dinner table

and you want to hear about their days

right you want to get the daily check-in

what was good what was bad what was your

high what was your low so you're gonna

want to go to the the child who's having

the disfluency and say okay Johnny I

want to I want to hear about your day

I'm gonna listen to Daddy first but then

I'm gonna come back to you so you're

giving him prep time you're giving him

time to to think about what he wants to

say and and to formulate his thoughts

and in the parts of his day that he

wants to talk about

you're gonna go to someone else in the

group and then come back to him another

thing you can do is to to create spaces

where your child can communicate freely

and in a communicate in a way in a place

in a safe place where there are lots of

pauses and lots of breaks put in ok

Johnny it's your turn and you just wait

with a smile on your face and you're

engaged and and not it not asking a lot

of questions what did you do who did you

play with

you know that creates pressure doesn't

it well none of us like to be pressured

when we're trying to talk so just

creating open spaces and creating pauses

and giving them the freedom to speak

freely and to communicate clearly will

reduce a lot of that stress and will

help increase their fluency

okay last the fifth thing you can do is

just encourage your child and and it

help to build up his confidence or her

confidence in and around and outside of

speaking right what other things are

they good at are they good at art are

they a good read or do they like books

even if they're not reading yet I love

how you pour into these books I love how

you look at the pictures you do such a

great job at that right finding ways to

praise them finding ways to encourage

them to help build their confidence

outside of speech and language right we

all have things that are difficult for

us everybody's got something right we

all have areas that that come more

easily to us and areas that are more

difficult so you want to find those

areas of things your kiddo is really

really good at and build them up in

those areas while you're kind of working

on this other but also kind of ignoring

it to see if it may go away on its own

finally guys if you are concerned if you

if you've kind of done this wait and see

and watch and see things for a while

by all means contact your pediatrician

get a referral for a speech-language

pathologist

go to this website as I said the

stuttering foundation the links down

below and and find these resources and

as always if you have questions for me

specifically go over to Facebook and

find our Facebook group or email me at

Jennifer at lingo - rue comm and if you

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