STUTTERING TREATMENT.

GET STARTED WITH A GOOD EVALUATION

A good evaluation is the basis for an effective treatment strategy for stuttering. We conduct a complete analysis that looks at not only how often you stutter, frequency, but also how you stutter. We then classify the various stuttering behaviors, as well as identify related social, emotional and cognitive considerations to create an individualized therapy program.

STUTTERING THERAPY

THERE IS NO "CRYSTAL BALL" OR MAGICAL CURE THAT WILL RESOLVE STUTTERING

Treatment for stuttering is a time consuming process that includes:

Recognizing and acknowledging stuttering, instead of hiding it.

Not focusing on stopping stuttering at all costs, as this creates tremendous pressure.

Acknowledging the emotional aspect of stuttering and ensuring every individual explains and validates their own specific experiences.

Creating a safe environment within the clinic that encourages communication, not perfection.

Working up a hierarchy of activities to build confidence, and practicing outside scenarios that cause anxiety.

Enabling strategies and modifications that can assist in enhancing fluency.

STUTTERING IN CHILDREN

Early intervention is critical. Stuttering can begin between 2 1/2 and 5 years of age. Research has shown that earlier treatment results in an increased likelihood of fluency improvement. As children get older and behaviors continue, treatment can still enhance fluency, but it becomes more difficult and can take longer to overcome. There are multiple evidence-based programs designed for children who stutter that approach treatment in a systematic and structured way, in partnership with families.

STUTTERING IN TEENS

Being a teenager can be overwhelming. Stuttering adds to that when taking into consideration feelings of awkwardness with friends and teachers. Fluency may fluctuate daily, affecting his or her self-image and emotional reactions. Acknowledgement of stuttering and feelings about it are key to self-empowerment. Support groups are important to help teens maintain progress as well as learn and share with peers. 

STUTTERING IN ADULTS

Most adults who stutter have spent a majority of their lives affected in some way. There are moments where the stuttering may be more frequent or more severe depending on lifelong circumstances. Treatment provides attention on implementing fluency strategies and on becoming more confident in communication ability in ways that are directly tied to each individual’s career and lifestyle.

STUTTERING SUPPORT GROUP

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National Stuttering Association (NSA)

NORTH BROWARD FAMILY CHAPTER

In partnership with the National Stuttering Association (NSA) we host a monthly support group for young people who stutter (ages 7-18) and their families or friends. Support groups are FREE for all to attend. Family chapter meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM.

Location

Acorn & Oak Speech Therapy
5485 Wiles Rd #402
Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Chapter Leader

Melody Erez
M.S. CCC-SLP

Email

melody@acornoaktherapy.com

Facebook

Follow @NSABroward

The benefits of stuttering support groups include:

Finding out from a variety of others what works for them

Providing perspective and emotional support

Generation of ideas, information, and feedback

According to ASHA and based on clinical research, support — both giving and receiving — can be valuable for improving attitudes, boosting self-confidence, and reducing feelings of isolation.

If you are thinking about coming to a meeting, feel free to show up. Or if you have questions, follow us on Facebook or send an email to the address listed on this page. We love new people!

STUTTERING RESOURCES

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WHAT IS STUTTERING?

Learn about the types of stutters and the observable and unobservable elements of stuttering using the Iceberg analogy.

What_Causes_Stuttering

WHAT CAUSES STUTTERING?

Learn about the multiple possible causes, or factors, that contribute to stuttering as well as common misconceptions/myths.