Indirect treatment for stuttering

Mild stuttering may require indirect treatment if it does not resolve on its own or improve with parent counseling within about 6 weeks. Indirect treatment expands on elements of parent counseling, such as creating a comfortable and relaxing environment in which the child's speech can improve naturally, and also includes limited involvement with a speech-language pathologist, who evaluates and monitors progress while observing and interacting with the child.

For example, you may be taught additional ways to slow down your own speech and how to provide opportunities for quiet exchanges with your child, where speaking is optional. Some programs focus on continuing to learn creative ways to give your child positive reinforcement during periods of speech fluency. You will also be shown how to track your child's progress and to keep detailed records.

Last Updated: August 25, 2008

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