Early Childhood Stuttering: Information & Support for Parents
By Nina Reeves and J. Scott Yaruss
This 52-page booklet helps to reduce the fears and concerns often expressed by parents and caregivers of young children who stutter. Written specifically for family members, this expert introduction to early childhood stuttering provides background information about stuttering to support families in making appropriate decisionsabout whether or when to seek evaluation or treatment for their children ages 2 to 6.
Help parents follow a simple 5-step plan:
- Don't panic: When a young child starts to stutter, it can be a frightening experience for family members. The goal of the first section is to put parents' minds at ease by providing an overview of the many types of assistance that are available for children who stutter.
- Get informed: As parents begin to address their child's stuttering, they will be faced with many decisions. The second section provides specific background knowledge parents need in order to make informed decisions that will help their child.
- Get help: There are many resources available for parents of childen who stutter. The third section discusses these resources and provides parents with an overview of what to expect when they connect with them.
- Get started: Section four contains specific suggestions about how parents can start helping their child right away. The section also contains advice about how parents can respond when their child stutters and how to encourage family members and others to work together to help the child.
- Get support: The final section contains stories written by parents of children who stutter. These first-hand reflections can help parents recognize that they are not alone in their feelings regarding their child's speech.