is stuttering diagnosed?
In addition to a complete medical history, diagnosis
of stuttering may also include:
• A detailed history of the development of the
• An evaluation of speech and language abilities
by a licensed speech pathologist specializing
in fluency disorders.
Early intervention for a child who has been exhibiting
a disfluent speech pattern for more than three to six
months is highly recommended. This early identification
and intervention may keep stuttering from becoming a
life-long problem. The goal of treatment is to focus
on relearning how to speak or to unlearn incorrect ways
of speaking. Thus eliminating the disfluent speech pattern
A Tri-Level Fluency Program is developed and tailored to the needs of individual. The first level teaches youngster and adults who stutter how to reduce stuttering events using specific techniques. The second level teaches the carry-over of the new fluent speech pattern into everyday life. The third level assists the student in maintaining his/her fluency.
Another approach used in conjunction with the Tri-Level Fluency Program combines technology and therapy to enhance the treatment process. A divice called the Fluency Enhancer is used only in therapy and at home when practicing. There is no need to wear it in public. Many individuals have experienced instantancous and complete fluency using the FE along with the protocol.
Tele-therapy is also available for individuals who would prefer to receive therapy from their own location, eliminating travel to and from the clinic. The use of the computer and video conferencing makes this possible. This delivery of service has been very successful for many who have chosen it.
Incorporating technology in the treatment of fluency disorders has assisted in making the therapy process consistent and more available for students. In many cases, it has also established a permanent change in fluency in a shorter period of time. Maintaining the fluency and contact with the therapist is important and easily estasblished using the video conferencing.
For more information and a free consultation, please contact: Lillian Agresta-Diaz at (772) 584-3204 or (631) 484-5395.
of children who stutter may be encouraged to:
1.) Speak with your child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently. Wait a few seconds
after your child finishes speaking before you begin to speak.
Your own slow, relaxed speech will be far more effective
than criticism or advice such as, “slow down”
or “try it again, slowly”.
2.) Reduce the number
of questions you ask your child. Instead of
asking questions, simply comment on what your child
has said, thereby letting him or her know you heard
3.) Try to look at your child
when he/she is speaking to you. this assures
that he has your attention. The tactile or touch response
will also assure him that he has your full attention.
4.) Help all members of the
family learn to take turns talking and listening.
Children especially those who stutter, find it much
easier to talk when there are few interruptions and
they have the listener’s attention.
5.) Observe the way you interact with
your child. Try to reassure your child
that he/she has plenty of time to talk and that you are listening.
6.) Set aside a few moments at a regular
time each day when you can give your
undivided attention to your child. Let the
child choose what he would like to do. When you
talk during this special time, use slow, calm
and relaxed speech with plenty of pauses.
7.) Convey that you accept
and support your child as he is. Your own slower,
more relaxed speech and the things you do to help build this confidence as a speaker are likely to increase his fluency and
diminish his stuttering.