Young children, school-age children and adults can receive diagnostic and therapy
services for stuttering at MSHC.
Young Children under the age of six are evaluated and their risk for chronic stuttering is weighed
according to presenting symptoms and other factors. If therapy is recommended, a parent-centered
approach or a child-centered approach may be utilized. If needed, very young children
can be taught strategies for increasing the level of fluency in their speech. Parents
and siblings are involved in learning how to support the child dealing with non-fluent
speech. Where appropriate, the Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention is
also offered at this center.
School-Age Children attend therapy sessions after school in group and individual formats, depending on
the individual needs. Families are also involved with the process. Children are assisted
in dealing with academic and social ramifications of stuttering, beliefs and feelings
about stuttering, and are taught therapeutic strategies for achieving greater speech
fluency. In summer, therapy is continued, and some families choose a summer-only option
to supplement the therapy their child receives through their school speech-language
Adults who stutter are evaluated for not just their stuttering patterns but also the life
patterns and behaviors that may accompany stuttering. An individual plan for improving
fluency is developed, along with a thorough examination of patterns of behavior that
may be limiting the adult’s ability to develop to his or her full potential. Most
attend both individual therapy and group sessions.
For additional information contact (901) 678-5800
To make an appointment for an evaluation call (901) 678-5858
Additional information about stuttering and treatment can be found at www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/stuttering.htm