CAN I HELP MY CHILD WHO STUTTERS?
What "not" to say to a child who stutters: do you know the difference between what 'TO' say, and what 'NOT' to say, if your child stutters? We use the most widely accepted stuttering treatment in Australia known as the Lidcombe Program. The program is specifically designed to teach your child to talk “smoothly” and to “say words easily” so his/her talking “flows”.
Speech pathologists generally agree saying “Stop; slow down; calm down; start again; take a deep breath and start again” are not helpful because these words encourage the flow to be interrupted. These phrases may help your child to say a word more easily; however, they do not help for the next difficult words. Therefore, we teach what TO say, and what NOT to say, if your child stutters.