Parents as Partners in Young Children's Stuttering Treatment

negativity and progression of stuttering

From: Andy Floyd
Date: 10/1/00
Time: 11:06:58 AM
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Hi! The direct treatment you described sounded a lot like the Lidcombe program - by telling the parents to tell the child to stop (or otherwise indicating displeasure) when stuttering. I have a couple questions about this approach. What's the difference between this approach and parents telling kids to "stop and start over?" Or, "stop and think what you're saying?" I think most people agree that one big reason why stuttering severity (I'm not talking just percent of dysfluency here) may increase is the negative reactions the kids get from others about their stuttering. Then, the kids try to hide their stuttering because they know it's not accepted and eventually they're blocking, secondaries develop and word substitutions begin. I was talking with a 1st grader the other day who had blocks, secondaries and he said that he was substituting easier words for harder ones - so what ages do you use this approach with. I'm asking these questions because after all I've gone through and been taught, it's very difficult for me to tell parents to do the things you advocate.


Andy Floyd, MA, CF/SLP and PWS

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