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How to better understand kids who stutter


To most effectively help children as they try to change their speech, we need to know something about their beliefs, fears, and concerns related to stuttering. Of course, not all children who stutter would have such feelings nor will they have them to the same degree. But when they do, it is important for us as clinicians to understand them. Let's watch as I listen to Christy share her beliefs about  why children start to stutter.

Therapist: you started talking like a baby... and then what happened?

Child: an-nd t-then n-next m-morning i-I woke and s-said m-m-my voice changed a lot an-nd I'm starting to stutter.. 

Therapist: and then what mom say?

Child: Sh-she said then try n-not to.

Therapist: So what kind of things did you do to try not to?

Child: Well, I t-tried t-talking in the mirror and then I tried t-talking l-like I was a mom. and still I c-c-couldn't talk that good and getting worse and worse.