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How to teach stuttering kids they can modify their Stutter


David was clearly able to identify his stuttering during conversations. I helped him make them even longer and more intense. I did this to help David see that he can change his speech in various ways. When a child shows the ability to modify or change his stuttering, it can be helpful if he learns to exaggerate or play with them. 

Let's watch as I help Christy identify and then exaggerate her stuttering.

Therapist: Remember one of the funny stories you told me before about the cat that got lost.

Child: Okay, one day, w-w-w-we were coming...

Therapist: That was a real stutter.

Child: uhuh yeah.

Therapist: Did it get pass you?

Child: yeah it did.

 

Not all children should explore their stuttering to the degree Christy does. However, for those children whose embarrassment and fear are apparent, these procedures might be quite helpful.  

Stuttering can be modified or changed in several ways. One way which you'll see here is partially based on Fluency shaping principles.