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1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

4.9 33 reviews

  • Avatar Jacob B ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We were delighted with Christie. First, and most importantly, our son made great strides under her guidance. So great, that we felt he no longer needed help! She was incredibly patient and kind with him and our son really responded to … More her. Christie was also great with me and my wife. She provided thorough and informative updates on our son's progress and which exercises she was using with him, so we could reinforce what she was teaching him. All in all, we had a fabulous experience with Christie and would highly recommend her.
  • Avatar Kristin Ames ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Our experience with Theo was terrific. Theo was great with my son. He developed a positive relationship with him based on sincerity, respect, trust and a deep personal connection. In their lessons, Theo was encouraging, creative and kind. … More He helped our son understand how to differentiate the sounds he made when he spoke, and gave him great exercises to practice every week between lessons. Our son was sorry to have the lessons come to an end, but recognized that Theo had helped him as much as possible and it was time for him to stop. Theo explained to him (and us) how to keep working to get the last 5%, and encouraged him to keep working on the exercises on his own. I have recommended Theo to another parent who noticed my son's improvement and inquired for her own son.
    We are all grateful to have gotten to know Theo, and we greatly appreciate all the work he did to help our son.
  • Avatar Andrea Peartree ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    Theo is a wonderful Clinton Hill speech therapist. We were really pleased with him. Our son showed drastic improvement, not only in his speech but in his confidence.
  • Avatar mario costa ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Alexa has been an enthusiastic, reliable, well prepared and caring teacher for our 6 year old daughter. She has been able to improve and increase our daughter's confidence lesson by lesson with patience and competence; through varied … More and productive didactic practice. Alexa has engaged our daughter in several activities that always kept her motivated and eager to learn literacy. My wife and I, both of us are educators, feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to observe Alexa's pedagogical skills. Alexa has had a big impact on our daughter literacy growth. Thank you Brooklyn Letters!
  • Avatar Lily Alt ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    We were absolutely DELIGHTED with Marsha's services. She was wonderful. We found her to be kind, fun, engaging, very knowledgeable. She provided us with clear instructions and additional written handouts each week. She engaged our … More son with different techniques and toys, and showed us how to use her techniques when we were interacting with him. I actually just texted her on Saturday - Our son finally said "more" - one of the target words we had been working on with her. It was a total joy to hear, and I had to share it with her - she wrote back immediately to congratulate us. I am so appreciative of her expertise, and wish we could have seen her for longer. I recommended her to another family in our neighborhood who is looking for a speech therapist.

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NYC Stuttering Therapy for Children

Deciding whether to pursue speech therapy for your child presents a complex dilemma for many parents. Concerns about treatment potentially heightening a child’s awareness of stuttering and the uncertainty regarding the optimal timing for intervention due to conflicting advice can make this decision daunting. Adding to the complexity, research indicates that while up to 70% of children may naturally outgrow stuttering, this likelihood diminishes if stuttering persists beyond a year.

Unfortunately, clear-cut guidelines for the ideal therapy initiation timing are lacking. Nevertheless, most speech-language pathologists suggest commencing therapy within 6-12 months of detecting stuttering. It’s important to note that each child’s response to treatment varies; some may achieve complete stuttering elimination, others reduce its frequency, and some learn to communicate more fluently. Regardless of the outcome, therapy helps boost a child’s confidence in their speaking abilities, irrespective of the remaining degree of stuttering.

Our speech therapists assist children who stutter by assessing their specific needs, teaching fluency-enhancing techniques, reducing the emotional impact of stuttering, involving parents in the therapy process, and providing ongoing support to help children build fluent and confident communication skills. We travel throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.

Why Do Children Develop Stutters?

Stuttering in children is a complex condition with multiple potential causes. Genetic factors are believed to play a role, as children with a family history of stuttering are more likely to develop the situation themselves. Neurophysiological differences in the brain’s speech production and motor coordination circuits may also contribute to stuttering. 

Furthermore, developmental factors, including rapid language development in early childhood, can lead to stuttering as children navigate the complexities of speech and language. Environmental stressors, emotional factors, and speech and language difficulties may also contribute to the onset or persistence of stuttering. While the exact cause may vary from one child to another, early recognition and intervention by speech-language pathologists are crucial in helping children develop fluent and confident communication skills, regardless of the underlying causes of their stuttering.

Signs and Symptoms of Stuttering

Stuttering is a communication disorder characterized by disruptions in the flow of speech, and its signs and symptoms can vary in severity and presentation. Common signs and symptoms of stuttering include:

  1. Repetition: The repetition of sounds, syllables, words, or phrases, such as “b-b-b-butterfly” or “I-I-I want that.”
  2. Prolongation: The elongation of sounds, where a child may hold a sound for an extended period, like “sssssnake.”
  3. Blocks: Occasional pauses or getting “stuck” while trying to produce a word or sound, sometimes accompanied by visible tension or struggle.
  4. Word Substitution: Replacing challenging words or sounds with easier alternatives to avoid stuttering, which can affect the natural flow of speech.
  5. Physical Signs: Some children may exhibit facial grimaces, blinking, or other facial tension while stuttering.
  6. Avoidance Behaviors: Trying to circumvent stuttering by avoiding certain words, situations, or speaking altogether, leading to social withdrawal or communication anxiety.
  7. Emotional Impact: Stuttering can lead to frustration, embarrassment, or low self-esteem, particularly in older children and adults, as they may fear negative reactions from others.
  8. Secondary Behaviors: Some individuals develop secondary behaviors like foot tapping or throat clearing while attempting to speak, which can further complicate speech fluency.
  9. Onset and Duration: Stuttering often begins in early childhood, typically between the ages of 2 and 5, but can emerge later. The duration and severity of stuttering can vary greatly among individuals.

It’s important to note that occasional disfluencies in speech are common in young children as they develop their language skills and should not be immediately considered signs of stuttering. However, if you notice persistent stuttering behaviors in your child, especially if it continues beyond six months or is causing emotional distress, seeking an evaluation by a speech-language pathologist is recommended. Early intervention can effectively address stuttering and minimize its impact on a child’s communication development and confidence.

When to Seek Help?

Recognizing the right time to seek help for a child who stutters involves considering various factors. Firstly, the duration of stuttering is significant. If your child has been stuttering consistently for over six months, seeking professional evaluation is wise. While some children experience temporary speech disruptions during language development, prolonged stuttering may benefit from intervention.

Additionally, the emotional impact and frequency of stuttering should be addressed. If stuttering leads to emotional distress, social withdrawal, or substantially disrupts communication, it’s a strong indication that professional support is needed. Observing avoidance behaviors, where a child circumvents certain words or situations due to stuttering, also signals the importance of seeking assistance. Lastly, if teachers or caregivers express concerns about your child’s speech fluency, their observations should prompt action.

If you suspect your child may be experiencing stuttering, you can consult our experienced speech therapists, who specialize in helping children overcome communication challenges. Early intervention is crucial in addressing stuttering effectively and assisting children to develop confident communication skills. Our speech therapists for stuttering travel throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.

How to Treat Stuttering in Children

The stuttering therapy approach puts the child at the heart of the process, ensuring their voice is heard despite their communication challenges. Various evidence-based methods, including speech therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and parental training, are utilized to aid in overcoming stuttering. The speech therapists strive to create a supportive and nurturing environment where the child can feel safe and confident while expressing themselves. In addition, crucial education about stuttering is provided to the child and the parents, facilitating an all-round understanding and coping mechanism. By adopting such a comprehensive treatment approach, stuttering therapy for children aims to make stuttering less daunting for families while equipping children with the tools they need to control and conquer their stuttering.

How Can Our Speech Therapists Help Children With Stuttering?

Our stuttering therapy for children engages highly skilled speech therapists who utilize advanced therapeutic methods to help your child manage their stuttering. Our speech therapists work closely with your child to understand the extent and nature of their stuttering before choosing the most efficient approach to reduce speech disruptions.

We begin with a thorough evaluation to better understand the child’s stuttering patterns and establish tailored treatment programs. 

These plans often incorporate fluency-enhancing techniques, like controlled breathing, gentle onsets, and stuttering modification strategies to help children manage their speech disruptions. Parental involvement is crucial, as speech therapists educate parents on supporting therapy techniques at home.

Don’t hesitate to email us. No need to leave your home! Our speech therapists travel throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.

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Call: (347) 394-3485, Text: (917) 426-8880

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