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Fluency Therapy

Therapeutic individual and small group therapy sessions facilitated by experienced licensed speech language pathologists.

What is stuttering?

​Stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions (li-li-like) or abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables. There may also be unusual facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak.

Who is a good candidate for evaluation?

The following are “red flags” for continued stuttering beyond childhood. You may want to consider receiving a fluency evaluation for your child if he/she:

  • Has been stuttering for more than 6 months
  • Began stuttering after age 3
  • Has a history of stuttering in the family (father, grandmother, etc.)
  • Has other speech/language deficits in addition to stuttering (substituting one sound for another in words, leaving sounds out of words, trouble following directions, difficult to understand, etc.)
  • Stutters with considerable effort/tension (i.e. ”p-p-p-please,” “ppppppplease” or if the child is unable to get a word out and appears “stuck”
  • Avoids stuttering by changing words or avoiding speaking situations.

​What will be measured during evaluation ?

A combination of the following measures/assessments indicate whether fluency therapy is necessary:

  • Stuttering frequency
  • Severity
  • Disfluency types
  • Calculation of risk factors
  • General language skills

How is the evaluation completed?

  • Informal and formal battery of assessments involving various fun speaking activities.
  • Collection of speech sample to determine frequency and types of disfluencies.