What is stuttering?
"Stuttering is characterized by an abnormally high frequency or duration of stoppages in the forward flow of speech. These stoppages usually take the form of (a) repetitions of sounds, syllables, or one-syllable words, (b) prolongations of sounds, or (c) "blocks" of airflow or voicing in speech. Individuals who stutter are usually aware of their stuttering and are often embarrassed by it. Moreover, they often use excessive physical and mental effort to speak. Children who are just beginning to stutter may not seem bothered or aware of it, but they often show signs of physical tension and increased speech rate, which suggests they are reacting, at least minimally, to their speech difficulty."
Guitar, Barry. Stuttering an Integrated Approach to It's Nature and Treatment, Second Edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins. 1998.
If you or your child demonstrates dysfluent speech, schedule an assessment or consultation. A sample of speech will be analyzed to determine what kind of dysfluencies are present as well as the severity of stuttering. Your family and Lindsay will discuss a plan of action moving forward incorporating either treatment or approaches to use at home.
Treatment will consist of a variety of approaches. Strategies for you or your child will be determined in order to help decrease tension, stress, and stuttering moments as well as build confidence to take control of speech and communication.