Speech Therapy Tips For Children Who Stammer
Speech Therapy Tips For Children Who Stammer
Speech Therapy Tips For Stammer Children, Is your child stammering or stuttering as they speak? If yes, it is absolutely normal for children to do so. Children are processing thousands of sounds and words during the early period of speech development as they progress towards adult like communication. During this period of development it is common for a child to experience stammering. Most of these children outgrow stammering but there are some in whom it persists. Does your child talk like “M..m..m..mummy P..p..p..please come here”? Read the to know more!!
Here are some red flags to identify if your child’s stammering requires professional guidance.
Red Flags for Stammering:
- Stammering beyond 3 years of age
- Persisting stammering lasting more than 6 months
- Experiencing facial tension or physical movements while stammering
- Repeating or prolonging syllables, words and phrases very often
- Avoiding situations that require speaking
- Stammers often when feeling excited or in certain situations
“If any of the above stated red flags are present in your child, it is highly recommended to first consult with a Speech-Language Therapist.”
What is Speech Therapy for Stammering?
A Speech-Language Therapist is a professional who specializes in indentifying and providing intervention for individuals with communication disorders. Most children with stammering gain benefit from professional Speech Therapy consultations. Speech Therapy can completely eliminate stammering and boost self confidence in your child. The Speech Therapy process will focus on two main aspects of communication:
- To improve self confidence in one’s communication
- To reduce the moments of stammering/stuttering
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The following content will give you some guidance on what can you do to support your child at home.
At home Speech Therapy tips:
- Maintain a calm and motivating environment at home
- Do not criticize your child’s way of speaking
- Speak and ask questions slowly to your child
- Maintain constant eye contact with your child during speaking
- Listen patiently to your child while he/she is talking
- Minimize interruptions while your child is trying to say something
- Let your child finish his/her statements, do not finish it for him/her
- Maintain a reward system for stutter free speech
- Do not compare your child’ speech to his/her siblings or peers
- Set aside a time to play communication games with your child
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At home Speech Therapy techniques to follow:
On a daily basis, set aside 1 hour to train your child for the following techniques. These can be taught in a playful method during communication activity time. Here are some Best Stuttering Exercises To Help Your Child:
Practicing Breathing Exercises:
Abdominal breathing exercises in Yoga can be practiced in children above 5 years of age for good speech breathing. However, this is not advised for very young toddlers.
You can ask your child to give breath gaps between every word to give him/her more time to process and say the next word. This technique can be trained for 1 hour every day during one-to-one communication stimulation time. This technique will help to slow down your child’s rate of speech and give him/her more time to correctly produce the next word.
Open Mouth Technique:
Train your child to use an open-mouth approach while speaking. Slowly producing sounds and words with precise articulation of every sound will facilitate good speech.
Train your child to speak slowly by counting on his/her finger for each word or syllable. This technique will slow down your child’s fast speech and facilitate clearer speech.
Maintain Good Speech Reward Chart:
Maintain a weekly good speech reward chart and give rewards such as a simile, star, small edible tokens on a daily basis to your child to encourage and keep your child motivated to speak freely. This will boost your child’s self-confidence and make communication pleasurable.
Speech Therapy Tips For Stammer Children
“If your child shows poor progress even after following the above stated techniques, it high time you consult a Speech-Language Therapist for guidance.”
Invest in your child’s speech today for a bright tomorrow!!!
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