Treating the Pre-School Child
Clinical and scientific research has confirmed that early treatment is most effective in overcoming the “stuttering syndrome”. Although it is generally accepted that no cure exists, there are several reasons why treatment of stuttering is most successful during the early years of life. First, the brain of a young child is malleable. Although change is now recognized as possible at any age, changes in behavior, such as speech, are more easiily patterned at an early age. Second, young children strive to be like their parents, including in ways of communication. Preschoolers will imitate their parent’s speech and language patterns. Because of these two facts, the environment and the people in it become key factors to therapeutic success.
Because of this, Ms. Cochrane and her trained staff work directly with you and your child in your home and daycare facilities. Fluency-enhancing techniques are introduced to both parents and child. This approach to therapy empowers parents to implement and reinforce a more effortless way of speaking, thus eradicating stutter-like behaviors and creating a smoother and easier speech sound production for the child.