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How young is too young for stuttering treatment?

How young is too young for stuttering treatment?

When a young child starts to stutter, it is important for parents and clinicians to take appropriate action at the right time. But what if the child is still very young? This blog post addresses the age-old question of "how old" a child needs to be before we can start treatment.

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Generalization is a challenge!

Generalization is a challenge!

Generalization is one of the most difficult parts of stuttering therapy for clinicians and clients alike. We can support our clients' success when we come to understand why generalization is so hard.

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Addressing Secondary Characteristics

Children who stutter often exhibit physical behaviors when they stutter. The key to addressing them is understanding the reasons those "secondary characteristics" develop, rather than focusing on the observable behaviors themselves.

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When do we recommend therapy for teens?

Many teens who stutter can benefit from treatment, but it's important that this treatment comes at the right time. Understanding the relationships between "pain of change" and the "pain of staying the same" can help speech-language pathologists know when and how to help teens who stutter.

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How long do we wait?

Dr. Yaruss discusses the age-old question, "How long should I wait before recommending therapy for a preschool child who stutters?"

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