Special Therapy Program for Children Ages 4 to 6
Stuttering usually starts in childhood, most often between ages two and eight. Roughly 4 to 5 percent of people experience stuttering at some time during their childhood. Fortunately, about 80 percent become fluent before they reach adulthood, even without speech therapy. But the others are not so lucky. Many go on to become adult stutterers, for whom stuttering may be a chronic, persistent problem for the rest of their lives. According to some studies, the likelihood of persistence is greater in children who have a high degree of emotional reactivity and a low degree of emotional regulation.
Stuttering should not be considered to be anyone's "fault." Nevertheless, much can be done to help a child overcome stuttering and to reduce the possibility of it becoming persistent.
Viewed in terms of the Valsalva Hypothesis, the key is to prevent the child from becoming ensnared in the self-perpetuating "Valsalva-Stuttering Cycle." Stated briefly, we must reduce the child's tendency to exert effort in speaking by reducing the demand for "fluency." The harder a child tries to be "fluent," the more anxious and effortful is speech is likely to become. A better approach would be to encourage Valsalva-relaxed breathing and self-expression through the phonation of vowel sounds and to emphasize the ease and enjoyment of speaking.
In order to promote these goals, I have developed a simple, enjoyable form of therapy especially for children who are four to six years old. This therapy has been used effectively through video conferencing. Other elements of Valsalva Stuttering Therapy can also be incorporated, as may be appropriate for the individual child.
I provide in-person stuttering therapy in Bala Cynwyd, PA (near Philadelphia), and by video conferencing over the Internet (depending on locations and subject to applicable law). I will deeply discount my regular fees when treating stuttering in children aged 4 to 6.
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the availability of online therapy in your area and to inquire about a free initial consultation.
Payments for therapy may be made by check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank, or by credit cards via PayPal™. Therapy sessions via the Internet must be paid for in advance through PayPal™. I do not accept insurance but will provide a detailed invoice for insurance purposes. Availability of Internet sessions will be determined based on your location.
Please note that there is no accepted "cure" for stuttering. Nevertheless, much can be done to improve fluency and the ease and enjoyment of speaking. The results of any stuttering therapy will vary depending on the individual and cannot be guaranteed. Consequently, therapy fees are not refundable.
E-mail me at email@example.com for further information. If therapy is available in your area, we can arrange a free consultation, at which time we can discuss a therapy program tailored to suit your needs. When a course of therapy is agreed upon, you will be sent an appropriate invoice through PayPal.
Copyright © 2016 by William D. Parry
Last revised: 4/6/2016