ERIC Number: ED273079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
If Your Child Stutters: A Guide for Parents. Based on a Conference of the Speech Foundation of America (Oahu, Hawaii, December 27, 1976-January 4, 1977). Revised Edition. Publication No. 11.
Ainsworth, Stanley; Fraser, Jane
This booklet is written for parents who are concerned about the speech of their young child. The goal of the booklet is to enable parents to begin working with their child, and a speech clinician if necessary, with a better understanding of the problem. The booklet contains answers to common parental questions such as: (1) Does my child stutter? (2) Why do some children stutter? and (3) How does the child who stutters compare with those who do not? Warning signs of children who may have a stuttering problem are discussed. The majority of the booklet contains suggestions for working with a stuttering child, including helping the child to speak more smoothly, effective speech interactions, nonverbal communication, ways to express positive feelings, ways in which day-to-day living may affect or be affected by stuttering. To help the child who stutters, suggestions for encouraging better fluency include accepting the disfluencies, avoiding the stuttering label, taking various measures to reduce parental anxiety, reducing time pressure for the child's speech, reacting appropriately to stuttering, giving the child direct advice on reducing stuttering, and taking various measures to reduce the child's fears, anxieties, and frustrations with speech. (CB)
Descriptors: Anxiety, Elementary Education, Emotional Problems, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Speech Handicaps, Speech Improvement, Speech Therapy, Stuttering, Therapists
Speech Foundation of America, P.O. Box 11749, Memphis, TN 38111 ($1.00). Also available in Spanish and French.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Speech Foundation of America, Memphis, TN.
Note: For related documents, see EC 190 273-275.