When Speech Therapy Falls Short for Children Who Stutter (Ep. 451)

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Nina Reeves, MS, CCC-SLP BCS-FD

Nina Reeves joins Peter Reitzes to discuss some ways that stuttering treatment often falls short or fails children who stutter. They discuss reasons these issues exist and practical and optimistic responses.

NINA REEVES, MS, CCC-SLP BCS-FD is a Board Certified Specialist and Mentor in Fluency Disorders. Ms. Reeves is a speech-language pathologist in the public schools and in private practice in Texas and California and has authored a number of publications including School-Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide.

On today’s episode, Ms. Reeves is asked to discuss the following issues:

  1. When preschoolers who stutter are treated without regular parent participation.
  2. The common belief that there is such a thing as “normal stuttering.”
  3. When speech-language pathologists (SLPs) identify stuttering and then do not offer treatment because of the determination that the child is managing stuttering just fine (the child is never asked how they manage stuttering or how they feel about stuttering).
  4. The common goal of 80% fluency given to many children who stutter.
  5. When fluency is the goal and stuttering is wrong.
  6. The common question, “Is it safe to talk to a child about stuttering?”
  7. Parents who feel their child is not trying hard enough in speech therapy and are not using speech tools enough.