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T H E R A P Y F O R S T U T T E R I N G
A Stuttering disorder is characterized by speech disruptions that may include initial sound / syllable or word repetitions, sound prolongations, use of fillers, selective word avoidance, blocking on words and in some cases irregular breathing and or loss of breath. Stuttering may also be accompanied by secondary behaviours such as eye blinking, facial grimacing, tension, and body movements. Difficulties with stuttering can cause a child, teen or adult to loose confidence as a speaker, and feel frustrated, embarrassed, or anxious about speaking.
Research has shown early intervention with a Speech-Language Pathologist to be effective in the remediation of stuttering in pre-school children. For this reason, it is important that parents do not ignore early signs or wait in the hope the stuttering will go away on its own and seek treatment as soon as possible.
When stuttering has become more established, as in the case of older school age children, teens and adults, treatment by a Speech Language Pathologist will focus on targeting fluency enhancing and shaping skills that will help to manage or minimize stuttering and promote fluent speech.
At Speech Therapists of Calgary, our therapists strongly advocate a team approach in the treatment of stuttering in school age children and teens. The treating Speech-Language Pathologist will work on teaching fluency enhancing and shaping strategies with children and their parents, and equip parents with the necessary tools to provide maximal fluency support for their child at home to facilitate regular fluency practice in natural situations and encourage carryover of skills to daily speaking situations.
Speech Therapists of Calgary offers therapy for stuttering in Calgary, Chestermere, Strathmore, Cochrane, Langdon and Okotoks
For further information on how we can treat stuttering; feel free to contact Speech Therapists of Calgary at: 587 317 1977