Monday, February 24, 2014

Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do, Excerpt and TOC

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Excerpted from Help Me Talk Right:
Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do by Mirla G. Raz.
It is natural for parents to want to directly help their child when they hear him stutter. They do so with the best of intentions. In their attempts to help their child, they may give him advice or ask him to do what they believe will help. However, the advice they give can be counterproductive. Advice can make the child more self-conscious and upset with himself for being disfluent. Advice can frustrate the child when the advice does not help and yet the parent believes it will. Numerous adults who stutter have told me that they believe the advice their parents gave them, when they were children, did more harm than good. The advice made them more self-conscious and inhibited. The list, on the following pages, highlights common advice that should be avoided, why the advice should be avoided, and replacement actions the parents can implement that will be more beneficial.

Table of Contents:

Chapter One:Understanding Stuttering
In A Nutshell 
Is The Child Stuttering, Stammering or Is This Just Normal
Preschool Speech?
Demystifying Stuttering 
What Causes Stuttering 
Facts about Stuttering 

Chapter Two: Viewpoints and Reactions
How Others View Children Who Stutter 
How Children Who Stutter View Themselves
Different Ways Children React to Their Disfluent Speech 
What Children Do When They Stutter 

Chapter Three: Stuttering and Emotions
The Emotions of Parents 
Taking the Time to Understand the Child Who Stutters 
Helping the Child Who Stutters 
How Emotions Affect the Child’s Fluency
How Parents Can Help Their Child

Chapter Four: Different Environments, Events, and People
The Home 
Preschool and Daycare
Events That Can Affect Fluency 
Help Others Help the Child

Chapter Five: Professional Help
Intervention May Be Needed 
Paying for Therapy and Health Insurance
What to Expect When Seeking Professional Help

Chapter Six: Questions and Answers
Common Concerns and Questions  

Information Records 


Further Reading




About the Author 


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    Matt Roth

  2. I downloaded the app and took a quick look at it. So far, I like it a lot. The graphics are excellent. I can see a lot of utility in it for speech paths. I will try to review it in the near future.