What happens at an evaluation?
During the evaluation, we will assess:
Your child’s history, including family history of stuttering.
The presence of risk factors that might suggest your child will continue to stutter.
Various aspects of your child’s speech – including fluency, articulation and voice characteristics
Language comprehension and expression.
Parental concerns and environmental factors.
Research confirms that 75-80% of pre-schoolers who stutter overcome the condition. However, certain factors can help predict which children are at a greater risk for persistent stuttering. Early treatment may help increase a child’s chances of recovery – no matter what the factors are.
Regardless of whether or not a given child recovers, early treatment can help your child to:
What happens when my child is treated?
We personalize our treatment approach according to the unique needs of each child. Therapy promotes increased fluency, effective communication skills and healthier attitudes about talking. We make treatment interactive and fun, so children are motivated to participate.
For young children who are unaware that they stutter, we may recommend indirect treatment. This approach focuses on helping you use simple, at-home strategies to help your child.
For children who are aware of their stutter and are showing signs of avoidance, embarrassment or struggle, direct therapy may be best. We’ll work with your child at AIS – promoting freer speech and greater confidence.