suggestions by Gerald Johnson

1. Tell us about your family: number of kids, marital status, employment, other family data.

What kind of people are each of you? Give us a thumbnail sketch of each member of your family. Examples: likes/dislikes, health, strengths/weaknesses, typical daily routine.

For the child who stutters include his/her relationship with other members of the family and people he/she comes in contact with. We are also interested in injuries (especially to the head), illnesses (especially those which were accompanied by high fevers). fears, phobias, and anxieties, eating and sleeping habits, behavioral problems, discipline, learning problems, attending difficulties, memory problems, listening skills, reactions to loud noises, TV, family troubles, being left alone or with another person, physical discoordination, achievement of developmental milestones, allergies, and general overall status.

2. Trace your child's stuttering. When did it start? Was anything associated with its start? What was the stuttering like when it started? Has the stuttering changed since it started? What is it like now? What is the child's awareness and tolerance level for his/her stuttering? How does the child feel about his/her stuttering? How do other people react to the stuttering?

When does your child stutter the most? With whom? What do you (and other people) do when he/she stutters? What action do you take to help your child stop or modify his/her stuttering and how does your child react to your help? Does what you do improve or eliminate your child's stuttering?

What are your personal feelings about your child's stuttering? How optimistic are you that your child will someday stop stuttering on his/her own?

added November 3, 1998