preschool children who stutter: An advanced course
Stuttering in preschool children can be one of the more
challenging disorders for speech-language pathologists to
treat. Many clinicians have wondered about which children
need treatment and what are the most effective way to help
children overcome their difficulties with speech fluency.
Common questions include:
What is the difference between normal disfluency and
When should I conduct an evaluation of a preschool child who
Will evaluating a preschool child make his
How long should I wait before recommending
Should I be working with the parents or the
child or both?
do I get parents involved in therapy? What if they won’t
What if the child becomes aware of his
What if he keeps stuttering?
What if the child does not want to be in therapy?
This workshop is designed to help you answer these
and other difficult questions so you will be able to provide
the most effective treatment for the children on your
The workshop will begin with an overview of key concepts
in stuttering therapy, including specific techniques for
helping preschool children who stutter improve their speech
fluency and overall communication. The presenter will then
provide specific examples of treatment goals, strategies,
and therapy activities that can be adapted for clinicians
working in a variety of settings. Particular attention will
be paid to strategies for working with parents of preschool
children who stutter. Numerous sample dialogues will be
presented so participants will understand how to answer the
types of questions that parents often ask. Finally,
participants will have the opportunity to ask questions
about specific children on their caseloads.
Participants will come away from the workshop with a
better understanding of the nature of preschool stuttering
and increased confidence in their ability to help preschool
children who stutter and their families overcome the burden
of this challenging disorder.
Sample Outline / Timed Agenda
(Full-day program shown. All seminars
can be adapted to a variety of schedules.)
8:30 - 9:00 Preschool Stuttering 101
9:00 - 10:00 Understanding the
10:00 - 10:15 break
10:15 - 10:45 Specific Diagnostic Strategies
10:45 - 11:45 Helping Children Communicate More Effectively
11:45 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Parent-Focused Treatment
2:00 - 2:30 Parent-and-Child Focused
2:30 - 2:45 break
2:45 - 3:30 Child-Focused Treatment
3:30 - 4:00 Questions & Answers /
Following this presentation,
participants will be able to:
Identify preschool children in need of a comprehensive
evaluation of speech fluency.
Select appropriate evaluation strategies for determining
which preschool children who stutter are in need of
Develop individualized treatment approaches aimed at helping
preschool children overcome their speaking difficulties.
Effectively educate parents about 3 strategies for
facilitating preschool children’s fluency at home and in
Utilize 3 strategies for helping preschool children improve
their speech fluency directly.
Describe 2 strategies for helping preschool children develop
health, appropriate attitudes toward stuttering and their
For More Information
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can be adapted for your organization, contact me at