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Special Education & Communication Disorders

College of Education & Human Sciences


Helping the Disfluent Preschool Child
Julie A. Blonigen

Includes: Instructional Booklet

Overview of Contents:

PART I: Stuttering Explained

What Is Stuttering?
Speech Thermometer
Signs of Disordered Disfluency
What Causes Stuttering?
Managing Stuttering
Making Speaking a Strength

PART II:  Helping the Child Who is Disfluent

Letter to the Parents, Teachers, and Friends of the Preschool Child
Know the Difference Between Normal and Disordered Disfluency
Alter Your Communication Style
Listen More and Speak Less
Increase Turn Taking Time
Keep Utterances Short and Simple
Tell Rather Than Ask
Model Easy Repetitions and Hesitations
Slow Down, Slow Down, Slow Down
Verbalize the Child's Frustrations
Examine the Child's Daily Routine
Emphasize the Positive


Ways to Facilitate Speech Fluency
What to Avoid
Factors That Contribute to Development of Stuttering
Normal and Disordered Disfluency Compared