How to get kids to crab and complain…

One of the toughest things I wrestled with, especially when Eli was younger, was getting him to tell me how he felt about his stuttering. It’s still not the easiest thing in the world, but when he was younger, it was next to impossible. If I was direct with him, he...

“Lighten Up Mom”

When Eli was around 12 years old, I asked him if he remembers being told by his therapists that “it was okay to stutter.” He said no, he was never told that. He followed up with: “I stopped talking as much because they said it was wrong.” I...

In all of his excitement, he forgot to stutter…

In my past blog posts I have focused on several things we did differently in order to decrease anxiety around Eli’s efforts to speak. These included: – natural listening and eye contact (stop staring at the kid)– generating talking by making statements...

There’s nothing harder to let go of than a bad idea…

“The King’s Speech” continues to win awards and to put stuttering on the mass media radar. Anyone who is touched by this issue has to be thrilled that the movie has done so much to increase awareness about a challenge that has been historically met with...