SHOULD PARENTS SEEK OUT A SPEECH THERAPIST (OR PATHOLOGIST) IF THEIR CHILD STUTTERS?
Why do some parents and caregivers get alarmed when they hear their child’s mistakes while he or she is learning to imitate human words? It’s because they believe that such natural errors of a novice learner are symptoms of a mysterious stuttering illness, which must be treated by best stuttering therapy specialists. Modern society misleads parents by advising them to search for a best stuttering therapy center and have their child evaluated by a top speech therapist or pathologist who specializes in children who stutter. Millions of concerned parents have invested a lot of energy, time, and money into getting their child treated at the top stuttering therapy places to only find out that their child’s speech struggles have never ended and got even worse.
But what is a true reason for children to have difficulty with speaking? Is stuttering really an incurable “sickness”? Do parents need any type of speech therapy to help their child?
STUTTERING IS NOT A MEDICAL CONDITION, BUT INCORRECT USE OF A SPEECH INSTRUMENT BY ITS USER, WHO DOESN’T UNDERSTAND HOW IT WORKS! PEOPLE WHO STUTTER DO NOT NEED THERAPY, TREATMENT OR CURE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT SICK!
First of all, each parent should be aware of the simple fact that speech is a skill and that normally people begin to develop it in early childhood by adjusting their tongue for imitating words they hear and see others produce. The first mistakes each child makes are totally natural and inevitable.
In reality, all children are stutterers! No exception! Before they can correctly say any word, they first must learn to adjust their tongue for moving it correctly from start to finish of this word. And they all make mistakes at first.
If you notice that your child struggles to say accurately a word, do not worry! This is not a sickness, but a natural error of a novice learner. Just model this same word for your little one and make sure that he or she is looking at your mouth as you are speaking. Then, encourage the child to mimic your speech action precisely.
If he or she doesn’t do it quite right at the first attempt, then model again and ask him or her to mimic you again! Only when the word finally sounds accurately, praise your child for perfect imitation, ask to repeat this word several times, and tell something like this: “Good job! Now you sound like a big boy (or girl)! I am so proud of you! Always move your tongue in this way!”
The shocking truth is that all babies are born with everything necessary for learning to speak as good as their parents. Children don’t need any type of a speech therapy but require perfect role models of their parents for imitating beautiful speech of their mom and dad! But keep in mind that if parents’ speaking is not perfect, then their child can only imitate their speech mistakes.
If you want to help yourself or your child unblock beautiful speech and live stutter free in the shortest time possible, watch the webinar about the 4 steps to a stutter-free life!