Fluency (Stuttering)

 

The UCA Speech, Language, Hearing Center offers many types of therapy for children and adults with fluency disorders.

Key Age Groups Served: Preschool, school-age, and adults

 

Characteristics of Disability:

Stuttering is characterized by frequent disruptions in the forward flow of speech.  Such “disruptions” can be repetitions of words or parts of words, prolongations of sounds, or complete stoppage of sounds.  During a stuttered event, a child may become tense or struggle.  Stuttering typically begins in early childhood (age 2 ½ to 4).  Stuttering can have a marked impact on a child’s social, emotional, and educational development.  If not identified early, stuttering often results in significant communication disabilities that can limit a person’s ability to fully participate in life and achieve his or her social or occupational goals.

Proper diagnosis of childhood stuttering can be quite challenging since many young children exhibit disruptions in their speech as they are learning to talk.  Determination of a child’s risk for developing a chronic stuttering problem is best performed by a speech pathologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of stuttering.

Forms:
Fluency Child Evaluation Form, Fluency Adult Evaluation Form

Therapy Groups:

Individual therapy sessions; Specialized Fluency Evaluations/Consultations; Summer Group Therapy

 

Useful Resources:

http://www.asha.org/slp/clinical/Stuttering/

http://www.stutteringhelp.org/

http://www.stammeringcentre.org/

http://www.westutter.org/