ERIC Number: ED175216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Understanding Stuttering: Information for Parents.
Cooper, Eugene B.
Designed for parents of children who stutter, the booklet is intended to help alleviate fears and give suggestions in planning a treatment program (when necessary). Stuttering is the popular term for fluency problems involving repeating or prolonging an unusual number of sounds or hesitating for an abnormally long period of time between sounds. Stuttering occurs in males three times as often as females and appears to run in families. Many children stop stuttering without formal help. Some of the factors which cause stuttering are lack of muscle coordination and emotional stress. The number of disfluencies, the duration of nonfluency, and the avoidance of certain words can all signal the need for help. The speech language pathologist can make a language evaluation to decide if treatment is indicated. Parents are advised to be open about their concerns; to let their child know that they do not blame him/her for the stuttering and are not angry. Different therapy programs, such as drugs and hypnosis are discussed. Addresses of organizations to write to for further information are listed. (PHR)
Descriptors: Coordination, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Psychological Needs, Sex Differences, Speech Handicaps, Speech Therapy, State of the Art Reviews, Stuttering, Therapists
National Easter Seal Society, 2023 W. Ogden Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60612 (1-5 copies, $0.35 each plus $0.25 postage and handling; Quantity discounts)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Chicago, IL.