Many people have an idea of what stuttering is and sounds like. However, the silence, delays and pauses associated with someone who stutters can cause others to be uncomfortable and wondering how to respond.

Although everyone is different, here are a few tips that may help when speaking with someone who stutters.

  • Remember the important thing is WHAT a person is saying, and not HOW they are saying it.
  • Be patient.
  • Although you might have an idea of what someone is going to say, do not finish their statement for them. Just let them know you are listening.

Stuttering, although not typically evident when a child starts talking, does most often present before the age of 5. Although some children will require minimal assistance, others will significantly benefit from guidance from an SLP.

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. This year the focus is on early intervention. If you or someone you know has difficulty with stuttering, don’t hesitate to contact an SLP in your area to find out what services are available. Although each person’s treatment may be different, there are strategies and techniques so that every person can be a successful communicator.

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