Hello, I am currently a second year graduate student who is pursing her degree in Speech-Language Pathology. This degree is so wide and you can literally work with anyone who wants and needs speech. When I was a freshmen in undergrad I never thought that being an SLP you could work with all ages and all different disorders, fluency being one of them. I always thought stuttering was just part of the way someone spoke and could not be avoided. I grew up with cousins who stuttered and never did it cross my mind for them to see a speech therapist. Of course I was only 10 years old and all I was worried about was beating them in our little competitions and playing. Come to find out now, they could have therapy and truly benefited from it, and it is never too late however, they are now grown boys and I don’t think they feel the need for therapy.
My question is, I have a little boy who I am seeing in the schools and he stutters. He does not quite understand it because when I asked him why he was in therapy, he said he didn’t know. That his mom told him he had to go because he shouldn’t be saying his name with repetitions for example, he will say “Hi my name is J-J-J-J-Johnny.” He is one happy and energetic little boy who does not seem to notice any problems with his speech. That makes me happy for him, but I feel like I don’t know how to approach the fact that he stutters and some simple techniques that he will generalize. I don’t want to focus on techniques that he will not generalize over in his every day life. Any suggestions?
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