We provide individualized therapy for clients
of all ages, using
a combination of fluency shaping and stuttering modification
(see sidebar). We
try to make therapy as fun, rewarding, and enlightening as possible. Care,
patience, and compassion are essential ingredients. For some older
clients who do not desire or who have not been able to benefit
from regular therapy, we are providers of the SpeechEasy®
fluency aids, together with facilitative training and
Preschool Children (2.5 to 5
Therapy is conducted across a spectrum of parent involvement,
depending upon parental preferences and the child's
abilities and needs.
Focus is on fluency shaping and rewards; however stuttering
modification techniques are often used as well, when indicated,
for older pre-schoolers.
Sensible modifications of the child's home and school speech environment are
School-Aged Children (5 to 12
One of the advantages of private practice therapy is the ability
for clinician and parents to interact on a continuous basis.
We "check-in" with parents regularly to provide the
status of therapy and the rationale for procedures being used.
We also benefit from input provided by parents and teachers.
Teens Who Stutter
Peer pressure and years of neurological conditioning
(and, at times, unsuccessful therapy) can make it difficult to
motivate teens to work on their speech. Desensitization,
demonstrating that change is possible, and transferring therapy
outside the clinic are particularly important. We believe that
bullying must be actively addressed, with parent, child, and
teacher counseling. Holistic
treatment is essential.
Adults Who Stutter
Mr. Dodge is an adult recovering from stuttering. Stuttering
recovery and management is a lifelong change process for most disfluent adults,
following successful therapy.
While counseling and attitudinal work are crucial for adults, we
strongly believe that complementary speech work is mandatory to
weaken the conditioning that supports the stuttering system and
allow the change process to become established. We encourage
adults to join support groups like the
Association and to consider facilitative
activities like Toastmasters and ethical (non-cult) personal growth