stuttering st. paul mn


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Speech related issues, suggested readings, and stuttering facts.

General Speech Links

The American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional association of Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists. The site also has a public site that is packed full of useful information and links for people seeking speech, language or hearing information.

The Minnesota Speech Language and Hearing Association (MSHA) is the professional association of Minnesota Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. This site contains professional information as well as links to other sites about the subject of communication disorders.

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Stuttering St. Paul, MN: Links, Facts, and Tips

The Stuttering Foundation of America provides free online resources, services, and support to those who stutter. There are helpful links, a stuttering FAQ's page, and an online store for the purchase of many stuttering related items. Click here for a link directly to their "If You Think Your Child is Stuttering Brochure". This brochure offers useful information for parents attempting to help their child immediately while determining the need for professional intervention. This brochure is also available for download in a PDF format from the website.

For the Pediatrician, click here to download the Stuttering Foundation of America's 16 page book of in-depth information and a checklist for referral. The book can be viewed on line and is available for download in a PDF format.

The Stuttering Home Page contains a wealth of information about stuttering and is an excellent informational resource for stutterers. This site also contains links to other sites related to stuttering. This site hosts the International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) conference in early October each year. The conference is designed for people who stutter, their families and employers, the professionals who work with them and students. Archives of past conferences are maintained on the site also. Children and teens who stutter should check out Information and FAQs about Stuttering for Kids on this site.

The National Stuttering Association contains information on stuttering support groups in cities across the country. There is also information provided on starting a stuttering support group.

Another site of interest is Friends.

Stuttering St. Paul, MN Facts

  • Over three million children and adults in America stutter
  • Stuttering occurs in one percent of the population
  • Four percent of children go through a temporary period of stuttering
  • There is a ratio of four boys to every girl who stutter at five to six years of age
  • There is a family incidence in fifty percent plus of stutterers

Reasons for referral

  • Any concern by parents is reason enough
  • When client demonstrates awareness or emotional involvement
  • Frequency of stuttering greater than five percent
  • Disfluency types consisting of prolongation and tension
  • Disfluencies occur throughout sentences
  • Duration of certain disfluencies is longer than two seconds
  • If the child has been stuttering for longer than three months
  • History of stuttering in the family
  • If physical or secondary characteristics accompany the stutter.

Many children who exhibit beginning signs of stuttering in preschool years do outgrow it. However, we cannot predict which children will and which children will not spontaneously recover. Therefore, early assessment, diagnosis and treatment are recommended.

Tips on Talking With a Person Who Stutters

  • Listen to what the person says, not how they say it.
  • Lessen time pressure by allowing pause time between what the person says and how you respond.
  • Do not finish sentences for the person, but wait patiently for them to finish.
  • Do not give the person advice advice such as "slow down", instead slow down your own rate of speech.
  • Maintain normal eye contact with the person, even through a stuttering moment.

Katie Dauer presents on the topic of Stuttering St. Paul MN at the state and national level.

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Suggested Readings

Parenting for Real Life by Jim and Lynne Jackson
This book is helpful for families who want a spiritual take on parenting. Its main theme is how to grow a strong, connected family in today's high risk culture

You Are Your Child's First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy
This book teaches parents what they can do with and for their children from birth to age six that will enhance their development without having negative effects at a later age.

It's Not Fair, Jeremy Spencer's Parents Let Him Stay Up All Night! by Anthony E. Wolf, PhD
This book focuses on the most difficult challenges of parenting post-infant to pre-teen children.

Cliques by Charlene C. Giannetti and Margaret Sagarese
This book outlines steps to help you and your child survive the social jungle. It focuses on the traumatic effects caused by cliques in our schools.

The Out of Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz
This book explains sensory processing disorders and presents a drug-free approach that offers hope for parents

Why Do They Act That Way? by David Walsh, PhD
This book presents information about the teenage brain and how changes that are taking place in the brain affects teens behavior.

How to Talk so Kids will Listen by Faber and Mazlish.
This book is helpful because it helps teach parents ways to deal with children's feelings, engage a child's cooperation, encourage autonomy, resolve problems without punishment and ways to praise and encourage.

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