Parents should resist the impulse to finish their children's sentences for them. They can praise the child who is able to speak without stuttering and be open to discussing stuttering with the child.
There is also a technique called the Lidcombe Program, which was developed in Australia for children ages two to six to help them shape their verbal fluency.
According to the Mayo Clinic, controlling fluency is part of speech therapy treatment that is used for both children and adults who stutter.
Controlled fluency teaches the stutterer to slow down their speech and to pay attention to those situations when they are more likely to stutter. It also involves relaxing the muscles of the lips, jaw and tongue as well as relaxing one’s breathing and the vocal fold area in the throat.
“Some studies have shown that this treatment worked well for many stammerers with about 70% of participants claiming satisfactory fluency 12-24 months after treatment.”5
Behavorial modification helps people to work on their concerns and to avoid overthinking about those situations that make stuttering worse. They work on dealing with their fears and their stress regarding stuttering. Behavior modification can assist people in improving their self-esteem.
There are now electronic devices that can be used to give the speaker feedback on their speech. The devices can distort the stutterer’s voice unless they speak slowly. Other electronic tools can mimic one’s speech so it sounds like the person is talking in unison with another person.
Drugs are not used much to treat stuttering due to side effects and mixed results in their ability to help stutterers.
Both the stutterer and their families need support to manage this condition.
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