Mom's Question: "My kiddo stuttered a little bit at first, but it got better. Now, for the last few months the stutter has gotten so bad. We are stuck on a waitlist for a speech therapy. What can I do at home to help their speech?"
The first thing I want to address with this question is the stuttering question. All children go through a normal period of stuttering from about 2-5 years of age.
However, if by three your child is stuttering severely, there’s been a change in the frequency of the stuttering, or it’s impacting their ability to communicate, you should get into a speech pathologist as soon as you can.
Secondly, I would shop around. A lot of therapists tell their future clients that the waitlists are long in other offices because they don’t want to lose you as a client. Even though it isn’t right, it’s a business tactic.
I’d recommend for you to check out all of your options:
Another topic I want to address is that I wrote a blog recently about fluency and speech. In that blog, I gave some resources and ideas that you can do at home. That would be a great place to start. There are also other blogs on Speech Blub’s website that you can read regarding speech therapy materials for the home environment. I give books and games that you can use.
Even if you don’t have specific books, the chances are that you can practice speech with any materials and books that you have!
Games focus on vocabulary, social/pragmatic (e.g., turn taking), colors, numbers and formulating sentences.
Books give you a chance to work on receptive (words that are understood) and expressive vocabulary (words that you can produce).
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You don’t need a ton of materials or books to start working on speech. Try and use what you have.
Download Speech Blubs, look on Pinterest for ideas, and be creative! The more fun you are having, the more fun your child will also have!
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