Treating the Pre-School Child

Clinical and scientific research has confirmed that early treatment is most effective in overcoming the “stuttering syndrome”.  It is at this age that the brain is most maleable and the stuttering behaviors have had the least time to establish firm, neurological construct.  It is not uncommon for children who receive treatment at ages two, three and four to recover fully from the stuttering syndrome.  Parents too play a critical role in the recovery of their youaidanjpegng children who stutter.  Preschoolers imitate their parents in every way including speech motor patterns.  Because of this, the environment and the people in it become key factors to therapeutic success.

Ms. Cochrane works directly with you and your child in your home and daycare facilities. Fluency-enhancing techniques are introduced to both parents and child.  Thpreschool5.jpgis 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. 

There are several approaches to treating young children who stutter. One approach does NOT suite all childen and families.  With your therapist, build a program that is right for you and your child. 


It is never too early to begin teaching children strategies to help them "self-regulate".  Recent scientific research supports that children who stutter show biological differences in reactivity and emotional regulation.  These differences are reflected in the following: quick and automatic emotional reaction, hypervigilence to thoughts/behaviors/desires, and less tolerence of uncertainty.  In addition to these "regulation" issues, children who stutter may display weaknesses in ability to attend and use of working memory.  Associated communication challenges include auditory processing and oral motor functioning.  A well-designed treatment program includes objectives and strategies to address these weaknesses. 2015-03-05_17.45.34.jpg

Let's read about Holden's journey!IMG_0448.JPG

Holden and Miss Susie met in-person one time a week and worked together over facetime once a week.   Here he is seen with his Mother, making brownies while working on more successful communication with Miss Susie through the use of telecommunication; in this case, Facetime.


February 21, 2016

Yesterday marked a bitter sweet milestone for Holden. He participated in his last group therapy session with Miss Susie and several of his friends he has grown to love. We started this journey almost 2 years ago when Holden started stuttering severely, to the point that we could barely understand him. He started to shut down all verbal communications and react physically and emotionally. Fortunately we were introduced to Miss Susie (Susan Cochrane), a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency and Fluency Disorders.  Today, Holden is stutter free!  She has given Holden and our entire family the foundation we needed to speak smoothly, but most importantly she has given us the encouragement we needed to succeed and overcome this life changing obstacle.  Every time Holden speaks, we will forever be reminded of this amazing lady who touched our lives forever, Miss Susie!!!!

Jenny M. Bilotta

Mother of Holden, age 5