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
- 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.