Does Your Child Appear to Have a Stutter?

Stuttering is the general term used when a child’s speech flow (fluency) or rhythm is interrupted in some way. Many children will experience disruptions to the flow of speech or sound ‘dysfluent’ when speaking as they grow and develop their language skills. This is considered normal, but if your child continues to experience interruptions to the flow or rhythm of their speech, and find communicating difficult, speech therapy is recommended.

A Growing Understanding works with children who stutter and their families to help them find their voice and produce words and sentences at their own pace.

Our individualised therapy programs include ongoing parent support and education, and are specifically designed to:

  • Tap into your child’s interests, skills, and challenges to develop appropriate goals and help them grow their confidence.
  • Help children slow down their speech, concentrate on breathing, and produce sounds slower and with less anxiety.
  • Utilise games and play to help your child and family understand what is occurring and why, as well as exploring how stuttering affects your child emotionally.
  • Implement specific strategies and provide parent support via the Lidcombe Program. This is a parent-based program which focuses on reinforcement and rewards and encourages you to spend time talking with your child every day.
  • Celebrate your child’s success and encourage ongoing practice.

What to Look Out for with Stuttering:

  • Does your child repeat sounds or parts of words i.e. “wha..wha..what are you… you…d…d…doing?”
  • Does your child stretch their speech sounds i.e. “whaaaaaaaat are you doing?”
  • Does your child struggle to get their words out?
  • Does your child inject additional sounds or words into their sentences like “um” and “like” excessively?
  • Does your child get frustrated when speaking and avoids social situations?

Remember, every child develops at their own pace, but if you are concerned, talk to us today. Our friendly team of experienced speech pathologists are here to guide you through your concern and help you take the best next step.