Parents as Partners in Young Children's Stuttering Treatment

Re: Parent as Partners in Young Children's Stuttering Treatment

From: Anne Bothe
Date: 10/23/00
Time: 2:52:29 PM
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Thanks for your question -- The most common answer is no. That is, as far as we can tell watching the children and listening to the children, they just take this in stride, because they are so used to adults giving them directions, corrections, etc. -- One of the examples that I use all the time with parents is that they are all (remember that we're in Georgia) so very good at hearing a child start to say "Yeah" and before that "Yeah" is half out of the child's mouth the mother is quickly and firmly but very nicely saying "Yes, ma'am" and the child corrects himself from the inappropriate "Yeah" to the appropriate "Yes, ma'am." It's the same procedure: immediate correction of an undesired speech pattern.

Every so often, yes, of course, we see a frustrated child -- some of my answers earlier in this list were addressing this question. It doesn't happen instantly as soon as you introduce the corrections, though -- it happens occasionally when a learner is frustrated, whether the learner is trying to learn nonstuttered speech or anything else. Thanks for the question!

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