Parents Can Help Preschool Children who Stutter

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Why is my child stuttering? Will he outgrow it? Does she need professional therapy? Did I cause his stuttering? How can I help?

Information for parents about children and stuttering is now available in a new 16-minute video titled, “7 Tips for Talking with the Child Who Stutters.” It can be found at


In the video, four speech-language experts talk about how to promote easier talking as they interact with their preschool-age children. The professionals offer simple tips that parents can begin to use immediately.

“The so-called ‘wait and see’ approach, advocated by some, is a bitter pill for a parent to swallow when they find their child struggling to speak,” said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation. “Parents often think it is their fault and wonder what they have done wrong. This should help ease their fears while focusing their efforts on doing things that will help the child right away,” added Fraser.

The video features some of the world’s leading hands-on therapists working with preschool children who stutter. They include speech-language consultants Frances Cook, MSc, MRCSLT (Hons), Cert CT (Oxford)and Willie Botterill, MSc, MRCSLT, Cert CT, Elaine Kelman, MSc, MRCSLT, Cert CBT, from the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children in London; Lisa Scott, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, of The Florida State University’s School of Communication Science and Disorders; and Ellen Kelly, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Some books and DVDs produced by the 66-year-old nonprofit Stuttering Foundation are available free on the Foundation’s web site under the resources tab and on YouTube. Contact the Foundation at 1-800-992-9392, e-mail, or visit





  1. The Stuttering Foundation website offers countless free resources to people who stutter of all ages. The site has a brochure called "Special Education Law and People Who Stutter" which explains that every child in the U.S. has the right to free speech therapy from pre-school through high school because of federal legislation from forty years ago. Incidentally, this amazing benefit of free therapy encompasses all speech problems.

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  4. Parents sometimes find themselves at a loss when they need to help their children with something. This is a great video and I'm sure it will come in handy for a lot of families. We all want what's best for our children.

  5. I've struggled with stuttering when I was a child and the patience of my parents really helped me get better both because we were doing lots of exercises and because I somehow "borrowed" their relaxing and patient state of mind

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