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Stuttering

Stutterers tend to show differences from non-stutterers in parts of the brain that control movement and sensation. Stuttering can be mild, or it can be devastating, causing shame and humiliation. There are three million stutterers in the US today, and most do not have access to adequate treatment. As a stutterer, you do not need to surrender helplessly to your speech difficulty. You can learn to communicate with ease, rather than effort. There is no quick and easy way to tackle stuttering, but when you have a high level of commitment to the process, therapy can be effective for preschoolers through adults.

If you are a parent, wondering if your child will grow out of stuttering, an evaluation can tell with 93% accuracy whether stuttering will persist. If it is the kind that persists, it is best addressed early on.

We have an excellent approach for preschoolers through age12, that has a strong evidence base, called the "Lidcombe Program." It is a parent training tool. We have seen great results with it, and the children find it to be lots of fun! Above age 12, we have several fluency techniques, and for 14 year olds and above, we have another evidence based program called the "Camperdown" method. If desired, Interactive Metronome can be paired with stuttering therapy, as it helps train brain timing.

Your speech therapist will examine your or your loved oneís speech and determine exactly where it breaks down. She will work with you on the best approach for you to gain greater control over your speech, to recover fluency when you lose it, and to help prevent trouble from occurring in the first place.

Treatment frequency: Most successful fluency plans involve one time a week training, and homework assignments that expand your ability to control your speech. The number of sessions over time is variable, depending upon the severity of the stutter.
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