When believing isn’t enough.

Matthew O’Malley’s “The O’Malley Stuttering Self-Treatment Guide” is not meant for children, but I do believe it holds a perspective that can be helpful to parents.  Below is a chart he shares that reveals a lot about the reality of speech therapy: (Zebrowski, 2008)...

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“It would not be a frivolous lawsuit…”

This is the third in a series of six blog posts in response to the series of StutterTalk podcasts focusing on whether SLPs should treat people who stutter. Episode 631 features Jim McClure, a person who stutters and a former consumer member of the American Board of...

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“It’s the Wild West Out There!”

This is my second blog posting in response to Stuttertalk Podcast #2 (episode 630) in a series of six podcasts asking the question “Should SLPs treat stuttering?”. Host Peter Reitzes interviews Rodney Gabel, a professor at the University of Toledo, speech-language...

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Is There Really a Window for Children Who Stutter?

Is there really a “window of opportunity” for treating young children who stutter? We were told there was eighteen years ago.  Many parents are still told that today.  The window is supposedly widest when they’re around three, and slowly closes over the next few...

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

I am seeing more and more references to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a promising approach for those who stutter. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) describes CBT as "a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts,...

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What Does This Even Mean?

Most discussions about the uncertainty and disagreement that exists in the field of treatment for children who stutter take place between professionals.  Fortunately, with existing technology, parents can now access these conversations.  I think it’s important to take...

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