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 very 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 young 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. 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.