Helpful Tips for Parents (Dyfluencies)
1. Don’t require your child to speak precisely or correctly at all times. Allow talking to be fun and enjoyable.
2. Use family meals as a conversation time. Avoid distractions such as radio or TV.
3. Avoid corrections or criticisms such as “slow down,” “take your time,” or “take a deep breath.” These comments, however well-intentioned, will only make your child feel more self-conscious.
4. Avoid having your child speak or read aloud when uncomfortable or when the stuttering increases. Instead, during these times encourage activities that do not require a lot of talking.
5. Do not interrupt your child or tell him or her to start over.
6. Provide a calm atmosphere in the home. Try to slow down the pace of family life.
7. Speak slowly and clearly when talking to your child or others in his or her presence.
8. Maintain natural eye contact with your child. Try not to look away or show signs of being upset.
9. Let your child speak for himself or herself and to finish thoughts and sentences. Pause before responding to your child’s questions or comments.
10. Talk slowly to your child. This takes practice! Modeling a slow rate of speech will help with your child’s fluency.