Stuttering

Increase Confidence and Reach your Speaking Goals

For those struggling with stuttering, whether it’s yourself or a loved one, finding an effective way to manage the condition can be overwhelming. Stuttering & Speech Therapy offers many strategies to gain confidence while speaking and achieving communication goals. Stuttering therapy provides a platform for adults and children becoming more comfortable speaking in classrooms, public situations and managing daily life challenges that come from coping with stuttering.

Anyone interested in stuttering therapy undergoes a comprehensive evaluation, given a therapy plan and then encouraged to work with those closest to him or her to be part of the change. 

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Stuttering and Speech Therapy Services

By Jennifer Thompson, Indy’s Child, January 31, 2024

Communication is a vital part of our day-to-day lives. It is how we connect with others, express our thoughts and feelings, and learn more about the world around us. There are many ways we communicate, including facial expressions, body-language, and with our words. For some people, speech does not come easily — and it’s important for those who have difficulty with speech to know they aren’t alone in their struggle.

"Dana is amazing!! She has helped my son with his stutter and articulation. She is so patient and positive. We love her!"
Kristen W.
Parent

Stuttering & Speech Therapy will conduct a free phone consultation and describe the process and services available. We will address concerns and plan an evaluation.

Your preschooler started stuttering. Should you be worried? Will he or she grow out of it? What are you supposed to do with a preschooler who stutters? Ignore the stutter? Acknowledge it? Initiate speech therapy? Wait and see?

You have many questions when your new talker starts to stutter. Stuttering and Speech Therapy Services is here to guide you in a confident direction. 

Evaluation:

  • You will receive an initial, free phone consultation. Based on this conversation, a comprehensive evaluation may or may not be recommended.
  • If a comprehensive evaluation is NOT recommended at this point, Stuttering and Speech Therapy Services can still be a resource to return to should the stuttering continue or re-emerge later. Regardless, if you proceed with services through our office, you will be met with a responsive answer to any question you may have at any time either through email, phone or in the office.

A comprehensive evaluation includes, but not limited to:

  • Stutter analysis
  • Speech production evaluation
  • Receptive and expressive language evaluation
  • Family, medical, social history
  • Written report with detailed analysis of evaluation and recommendations

Therapy:

You can expect a family-centered therapy approach. Initial services are family-directed guiding the caregivers in interaction styles that may enhance fluency for your preschooler. Each child is different and each family dynamic is different. We will work with you as a whole unit to identify the factors that most influence your child as he or she matures with their language and speech development. Direct therapy will be used as well, depending on the needs of the child/family. 

You have a child in elementary school who stutters. He or she has likely been stuttering for years – since he or she started talking. They likely received or continues to receive speech therapy through school or a private center, but may be frustrated with their speech. He or she may not participate in activities or volunteer answering out-loud in class, and may experience bullying. He or she may change their words to avoid a stutter and rely on others to “talk” for them. He or she may have mastered techniques learned in speech therapy, but still avoids speaking in natural environments. Learn how Stuttering and Speech Therapy Services can help.

Evaluation:

  • You will receive an initial, free phone consultation. Based on this conversation, a comprehensive evaluation may or may not be recommended.
  • If a comprehensive evaluation is NOT recommended at this point, Stuttering and Speech Therapy Services can still be a resource to return to should the stuttering continue or re-emerge later. Regardless, if you proceed with services through our office, you will be met with a responsive answer to any question you may have at any time either through email, phone or in the office.

A comprehensive evaluation includes, but not limited to:

  • Stutter analysis
  • Stuttering impact questionnaire 
  • Speech production evaluation
  • Receptive and expressive language evaluation
  • Family, medical, social history
  • Written report with detailed analysis of evaluation and recommendations

If necessary, additional assessments may include:

  • Speech production evaluation

Therapy:

You can expect a client/family-centered approach to guiding therapy. Your child will learn truths about his or her own stutter and stuttering in general, become a confident speaker, and learn strategies that may be useful in times of need. Group therapy with a peer may also be used to enhance therapy outcomes.

As a caregiver/parent, you will learn about stuttering and understand what to expect from therapy and your child as a speaker who stutters. You will understand how to help your child advocate for him. or herself and to become an ally of those who stutter. 

You or your teen stutter. You may have stuttered in the early years of school and been in and out of speech therapy, but haven’t reached a confidence level in communication that satisfies your needs in your professional and personal life. You may be preparing for college, a new job interview or work presentation. You may want to feel more competent as a speaker to help further your career, to help establish and enhance relationships. You may want to brush up on a few techniques to help you through the speaking demands you encounter on a daily basis.

Evaluation:

  • You will receive an initial, free phone consultation. Based on this conversation, a comprehensive evaluation may or may not be recommended.
  • If a comprehensive evaluation is NOT recommended at this point, Stuttering and Speech Therapy Services can still be a resource to return to should the stuttering continue or re-emerge later. Regardless, if you proceed with services through our office, you will be met with a responsive answer to any question you may have at any time either through email, phone or in the office.

A comprehensive evaluation includes, but not limited to:

  • Stutter analysis
  • Stuttering impact questionnaire
  • Speech production evaluation
  • Receptive and expressive language evaluation
  • Family, medical, social history
  • Written report with detailed analysis of evaluation and recommendations

If necessary, additional assessments may include:

  • Speech production evaluation

Therapy:

Your teen’s therapy will be tailored to his or her needs. Focal points of therapy revolve around increasing stuttering knowledge, decreasing negative avoidance patterns, learning how to advocate and speak for herself, becoming a confident speaker and learning strategies to help as necessary. He or she will learn to approach her stutter in a straight-forward and fearless manner. 

For adults, your therapy will be tailored to your needs. You can expect a personally-driven therapy approach with your communication goals central to therapy. You will learn more about your stutter and understand its nuances; therefore, feeling more in control of your communication. 

For both teens and adults, caregivers will learn about stuttering and how to be an ally for those who stutter. Local and national resources will be provided to enhance outcomes and to increase connection with the population of people and families affected by stuttering. 

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Set up an appointment to learn more about the style and techniques Stuttering & Speech Therapy uses to improve clients' communication and speech skills.

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Set up an appointment to learn more about the style and techniques Stuttering & Speech Therapy uses to improve clients' communication and speech skills.
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