A speech-language pathologist, also called a speech therapist, helps
improve the speech of a child with mild or severe
stuttering by using either indirect or direct
treatment. Indirect treatment focuses upon evaluating the child and counseling
parents. Direct treatment techniques include helping parents and other family
members communicate more effectively, helping the child overcome emotional
difficulties associated with stuttering, and teaching the child ways to improve
speech. The speech-language pathologist closely monitors the child's progress
regardless of which treatment is used.
A speech-language pathologist should have:1
CitationsGuitar B, Conture EG (2007). The Child Who Stutters: To the Pediatrician, revised 4th ed. (Publication No. 23).
Memphis: Stuttering Foundation of America. Also available online:
August 13, 2010
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Robert M. Kroll, BsC, MSc, PhD - Speech Pathology
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