Depending on the child's age, there are security blankets to consider - before and upon arriving at therapy. Here’s our list of things we think you should consider:
Bring a snack (ask therapist if this is "ok," ahead of time!)
Bring a familiar book
Bring a favorite toy or game
Tell the child "the therapist is NOT a doctor" (i.e. no shots)
Assure the child they will not be left alone in the room without parent (discuss ahead of time with therapist)
Ask the therapist what the child (and parent!) should expect during the appointment, and relay that to your child
Prepare some notes to inform the therapist of your child's interests, hobbies, accomplishments
Prepare the child to answer basic questions - and if the child may be reluctant, make a plan with the child how they would like to handle the situation
We often hear things like:
"My child is not showing much motivation and seems disinterested - but my husband and I really want him/her to do this."
"I'm concerned about my child's speech and I really want them do the work to get better."
Here are some things to remember during this confusing time!
Stakeholders - Both parents and children have their own valid concerns!
Kids have the right to decline
Make it inviting
We hope these tips help you to decide what's best for your child!
Play our video above on this topic!
Here’s a recap!
For different people, different things are going to be helpful. At Schneider Speech, we don't use the term ‘stuttering modification’ or ‘fluency shaping’, instead it's always based on: what are the client’s needs, what are the client’s goals. We can figure out and custom tailor fit the right therapy plan for them once we identify the following:
what their needs are
what their communication spirit is
what is the nature of their stuttering
what their goals are
where they would like to be more free to speak and speak fully and express themselves fully we can figure out and custom tailor fit the right therapy plan for them.
Here's some general tips about stuttering therapy:
if a technique doesn't work, it's not worth it
if a technique is not acceptable if it doesn't sound better than their other way of speaking it's not good enough
don' make it robotic - if it's so effortful they can't remember what it was they wanted to say because they're so focused on strategies, IT'S NOT A STRATEGY THAT WORKS.
a good therapist, is going to tune into that and make an adjustment, either to change something about the technique or change direction entirely.