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by | Friday, June 28th, 2019 | Stammering

  • Remain calm and don’t let your child pick up on your anxiety.
  • Don’t make your child repeat what they have said, repeat back what they have said and give a correct model.
  • Slow down your speech when talking to make your child feel less rushed, they will speak more slowly back to you.
  • Don’t finish off or correct your child.
  • Speak in short, clear sentences and reduce the expectation for them to produce long complicated sentences.
  • When speaking show lots of eye contact so they know that they have your attention and do not feel rushed.
  • Praise fluent speech “That was really smooth talking – well done”
  • Give your child time to express themselves and try to ensure they are not interrupted, help all family members learn to take turns in talking and listening.
  • Reduce distractions such as the T.V when your child is talking to you.
  • Reduce the number of direct questions to reduce possible pressure
  • Try keeping to set routines, frequent changes and a more frantic lifestyle may increase dysfluency.
  • Your child’s dysfluency may increase before and during periods of excitement such as birthdays, holidays and Christmas or if they are tired
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