Why can some three year olds tell you about their day in school without any hesitations while others are repeating words?
Many children experience periods of disfluency or stuttering between the ages of 2 ½ and 5. These children are often described as “anxious” or “nervous because the words do not flow easily out of their mouth. Parents understandably become upset and are unsure of where to turn. Pediatricians often say they will outgrow it and there is no reason to worry. In the meantime, both child and parents become frustrated. Parents are NOT to blame for stuttering and require support.
The goal of the Lidcombe program is to train parents to deliver the treatment in their child’s environment on a daily basis. It involves weekly visits to a speech language pathologist trained in this program and follow up activities at home. The basic therapy is individualized for each child with follow up sessions scheduled at home. Many parents have turned to Lori Melnitsky, Director of All Island Speech Therapy and Rehabilitation PC., a Lidcombe trained speech pathologist, because their child started stuttering. Her Plainview center offers speech and language therapy with a Lidcombe trained therapist and provides support, encouragement, family participation and an individually tailored goal oriented treatment program. “It is remarkable to see the rapid success rate of Lidcombe used with preschool children who stutter and their parents who have been frustrated with other approaches”.
The services of a Lidcombe trained Speech/Language Pathologist can be a valuable means of increasing success and decreasing frustration for children and their families. For more information, you can call Lori Melnitsky or e-mail: Lori@allislandspeech.com.
Lori Melnitsky, MA CCC-SLP
7 Linda Lane
Plainview, NY 11803