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What is stuttering?

Stuttering, also referred to as a fluency disorder, is a communication disorder that interrupts a child’s rate and flow of speech. These instances of stuttering are called dysfluencies. Stuttering is unpredictable. Some days might be better or worse than others and children may stutter more in some places (like school) than others (like home). About 60% of people who stutter also have a relative who stutters and children with other speech, language, or developmental disorder are more likely to stutter.

What happens in stuttering therapy?

For school-aged children, treatment may include the use of direct strategies that help the child change how they speak and indirect strategies that help make it easier for your child to talk. These strategies can include slowing down your own speech and asking fewer questions. Parents and teachers are an important part of stuttering treatment. The Loop will work with you so you can learn more about how to respond when your child stutters and what to do to improve how your child feels about talking.

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