Therapy Group Aids Teens who Stutter

Therapy Group Aids Teens who Stutter

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As defined by The Stuttering Foundation, “Stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions (li-li-like this), prolongations (lllllike this), or abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables.”

Over 3 million Americans stutter, including well known people such as Ed Sheeran, Emily Blunt, Darren Sproles, and Tiger Woods.

The speech language pathologists at Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC) are experts with children and teenagers who stutter. CHSC has developed a therapy program called FACEtime: Fluency Attitude and Communication Effectiveness.

FACEtime is a program designed for older children and young teens who stutter and want to communicate more fluently and confidently. Children and teens in the FACEtime program participate in three individualized therapy sessions per month targeting their individual goals. At the end of the month, they attend one group session with everyone enrolled in the FACEtime program. The group session allows participants the opportunity to practice their fluency strategies in real-life situations. The group has taken outings to get ice cream, go bowling, and order food from a restaurant. Parent education and coaching is incorporated into each session.

Teens who have been involved in FACEtime have said, “It is so much fun; I have learned a lot from the group and love meeting other kids who stutter” and “I feel more confident when I talk and I’m not afraid to stutter anymore.”

Contact Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center at 216-231-8787 if you know a child or teenager who may benefit from some FACEtime.

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Child Developmental Chart and Age-Appropriate Toys

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This developmental chart lists some skills typical of a child’s development from infancy through 5 years old. Children may vary in their development. If you have any questions concerning your child’s development, contact your pediatrician and/or ask about an early intervention program, such as that provided by Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (call 216-698-7500 for information).

1-3 Months

Babies like to:
Listen to musical sounds
Stare at movement and light
Be held and rocked
Reach/feel with open hands

Give your baby:
Soft musical toys/rattles
Lamps throwing light patterns
Your arms, singing, smile

4-6 months

Babies like to:
Shake, feel and bang things
Sit with support

Give your baby:
Crib gym
Cups, spoons and pot lids
High chair suction toys

7-9 months

Babies like to:
Roll over and pivot on stomach
Throw, wave and bang toys
Gum objects

Give your baby:
Bathtub toys
Teether and gumming toys
Space to roll around

10-12 months

Babies like to:
Play pat-a-cake
Pull up and get back down
Place things where they’re wanted

Give your baby:
Motion toys
Baking tins and clothes pins
Nestled plastic cups

1 year to 15 months

Babies like to:
Use one or two words
Be hugged
Try feeding themselves

Give your baby:
Lots of conversation
Personal dish, cup and spoon
You on the floor

16 months to 2 years

Babies like to:
Get into everything
Identify parts of themselves
Fetch and carry
Turn pages

Give your baby:
A childproof house
A shape sorting box
A toy telephone
Picture books

2 years to 30 months

Babies like to:
Help with housework
Kick a large ball
Play on riding toys

Give your baby:
Large balls and push toys
Tricycle or big wheel
Shelves to put things away

30 months to 3 years

Children like to:
Put clothing on
Work with their fingers
Sing songs and repeat rhymes

Give your child:
Big crayons and paper
Tape player or record player
Construction sets

3 years to 4 years

Children like to:
Cut with rounded scissors
Play games with other children
Play with sand and water

Give your child:
More responsibility
Things to cut and paste
Backyard pool or sandbox

4 years to 5 years

Children like to:
Play ball
Repeat nursery rhymes
Dress themselves
Sing songs

Give your child:
Balls of different sizes
Time to dress himself
Love and affection