Resource List: Working with Big Kids Who Stutter

The Stuttering Homepage

The Stuttering Homepage is managed by Judith Kuster at Minnesota State University at Mankato. There are selections designed specifically for children and teenagers (see: Just for Kids and Just for Teens), as well as a large number of resources for SLPs and families. An annual online conference is hosted by Judy Kuster from October 1-22 and includes a variety of short papers intended for people who stutter and the professionals who serve them. Check these out!

Many of the web addresses below are from among the many links on this website.

Stuttering Foundation of America

SFA has a wealth of resources in the form of booklets, pamphlets, videos (including one designed for teens who stutter) and much more. Obtain information or a catalog from the Stuttering Foundation of America by calling 1(800) 992-9392.

National Stuttering Association

NSA provides information on their local chapters with contact information, publications, and online articles, with a section specifically for children and for teens. They can be reached by phone toll free at 1(800) 364-1677

British Stammering Association

Contains some nice articles for teenagers who stutter which can be used in therapy or assigned for outside research.

FRIENDS: National Association of Young People Who Stutter

Friends' provides good support for children and teenagers who stutter. They sponsor annual national conventions for children and families, and sponsor day-long workshops for children, families and SLPs. They can be reached toll-free at 1-866-866-8335.

Fluency IEP Goals - Some Suggestions These IEP goals for children who stutter were suggested by Peter Dugan in an ASHA presentation entitled "Using Stuttering Modification to Take Advantage of the School Setting."

  1. The child will demonstrate an increased understanding of stuttering by defining the following terms: stuttering, disfluency, bouncing, light contact, etc.
  2. The child will identify avoidance behaviors used during speaking situations.
  3. The child will correctly identify the use of physical secondary behaviors, in the speech of others, during structured clinical tasks.
  4. The child will use physical secondary behaviors during moments of stuttering in less than 5% of words spoken in the clinical setting.
  5. The child will use physical secondary behaviors during moments of stuttering in less than 5% of words spoken during reading group.
  6. The child will use easy stutters with 80% accuracy during clinical tasks with classmates in the school environment.
  7. The child will use light contacts, easy onsets and cancellations to modify moments of stuttering during class presentations with 80% accuracy
Available at password protected website for Division 4 of ASHA:

Therapy Ideas and Materials for Stuttering The following are links to therapy materials for stuttering that are currently freely available on the Internet.

Assessment Tools

Parent-Clinician Fluency Assessment ( by Janice Westbrook

Teacher Checklist for Fluency ( - designed by Nina Reardon to facilitate information sharing and consultation with the teacher of a child who stutters.

Spanish Phrasing for SLPS ( - the 20 page section on stuttering from a book by Dorothy Miranda Esckelson and Adulfa Aguirre Morales, includes the yes/no questions for parents and Information/Suggestions to the Parents and Form letters.

Therapy ideas and materials

Clinical Nuggets ( from ASHA Division 4 newsletter - for stuttering

stuttering awareness game ( - created on QUIA by Tammy Bryant-McMillin

Connie Dugan's site ( has some materials for stuttering therapy.

Fluency therapy ideas (

Suggestions for Treating Cluttering ( from David Daly.

Help for the Speedy Speaker ( - Techniques for Slowing Down a Fast Rate.

Celebrating Me/Taming The Speech Monster Workshop ( - ideas for a day-long workshop for children who stutter by Lucy Reed.

Dealing with the emotional issues associated with stuttering

Teasing (

General links dealing with teasing (

Gallery of Childrens' Art ( about stuttering.

Journal writing for children who stutter - by Jackie Biagini and Judy Butler; a workbook "designed to foster trust, self-confidence, and interpersonal communication skills with set goals and a plan to achieve them."

[You must have Adobe's Free Acrobat Reader to access the book. You can download it at]

Making Classroom Presentations

Class visits for children who stutter by Bill Murphy (

John Ahlbach's Stuttering Presentation Guide (

Tom Kehoe's Science Fair Projects for students who stutter (

Helping Children Who Stutter Become Their Own Advocates ( - reproducible pictures that can be used to assist children in explaining stuttering to their parents, teachers, and classmates

A Play about Stuttering ( by a 4th grader named Valerie

Helping clients connect with others who stutter

Key Pals/Pen Pals for children (

Teen Key Pals (


Everyone's Different and Th-Th-That's Good Folks ( - from Warner Bros.

Danger Signs Poster ( - by Gerald Johnson, for kids who stutter

SFA, NSA and FRIENDS all have great posters about stuttering. See their web addresses above.

Publications/Internet Articles

Here is a list of some of the books and articles that I've referred to during the presentation, and which you may find helpful in working with children who stutter:

Chmela, K. A., & Reardon, N. (2001). The school-age child who stutters: working effectively with attitudes and emotions. A workbook. Memphis: Stuttering Foundation of America.

Cooperman, D., & Bloom, C. M. (2001). Treating young children who stutter: A holistic view. Accessed at

de Geus, E. (2001). Sometimes I just stutter: A book for children between the ages of 7 and 12. Memphis: Stuttering Foundation of America.

Guitar, B. (1998). Stuttering: An integrated approach to its nature and treatment, 2nd Ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.

Manning, W. H. (2001). Clinical decision making in the diagnosis and treatment of fluency disorders, 2nd Ed. Vancouver: Singular.

Murphy, B. (2000). Speech pathologists can help children who are teased because they stutter. Paper presented at the 2000 International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference. Access at:

National Stuttering Association. (1999). Our voices: Inspirational insights from young people who stutter. Anaheim Hills, CA: National Stuttering Association.

Ramig, P. R., & Dodge, D. M. (2005) Child and adolescent stuttering treatment and activity resource guide. Delmar Thomson Publishing.

Shapiro, D. A. (1999). Stuttering intervention: A collaborative journey to fluency freedom. Austin: Pro-Ed.

Starkweather, C. W., & Givens-Ackerman, J. (1997). Stuttering. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.