Stuttering children

When you stutter, you don’t always get to talk like you want. You start to hesitate. Maybe you start to fight with a word. Or it feels like you are speaking on your last breath, and sometimes you may hurry your speech.

As a result of your speech, others sometimes cannot understand you that well. Hurried speech is also referred to as cluttering. You can have trouble with cluttering without having trouble with stuttering, but maybe you clutter because you are afraid of stuttering. In that case you don’t feel confident that speaking will go well. And then it is actually a form of ‘stuttering’.

Another form of ‘stuttering’ is that in some cases you rather not say anything in class when you feel that you are going to stutter. For example, you don’t raise your hand in class when you know the answer or when you want to ask something. Sometime you may give very short answers such as ‘yes’, ‘no’ and ‘I don’t know’ while you actually want to say more than that. It can also be that you give a wrong answer on purpose. You rather do that than stuttering.

This is not nice for you and it happens a lot, many times without others noticing it. That’s why you would like to get rid of it. We can help you with that. When you follow our therapy, it doesn’t matter whether you stutter a lot or only a little. And whether you clutter or you are only afraid of speaking: it always helps. You will gain a lot more confidence in your speaking and because of that, you will talk a lot calmer.

Our therapy is very short: two foundation sessions of a day with two weeks in between. If at all possible, you start together with another child of about the same age. We start with ‘musical chairs’ and the person who gets to sit on the ‘speaking’ chair should introduce himself/herself. This is recorded with a video camera. After that, we explain what ‘speech’ actually is. That is very educational for everyone, because those who don’t stutter, don’t know why they don’t. We are going to listen to our own speech sound and we are going to direct it. By listening to your own speech sound, you will automatically speak slower. Try it . . . !

After the first two sessions, we make a follow-up appointment, sometimes together with children from another course. Sometimes we come to your classroom to talk about ‘Natural Speech’. But we only do that when you say it is okay. You can participate in follow-up sessions as often as necessary. A maximum of five children with one parent can participate. Finally you can become ‘free’ from stuttering. That means that you speak in the same way as you walk: that you don’t worry about your talking at all, and that everything goes well by itself.