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Speech Therapists - I need your help.......

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Flowertop Mon 13-Oct-08 14:49:19

DS1 has stammered since he started to talk. We went through the lidcombe programme in addition to other speech therapists who specialise in stammering in children. The problem has been that he has had long periods of fluency when there has been no need for the therapy. However he is now nearly 10 and since July his stammer has been much worse. The therapist I used to see has moved miles away. He is now having problems at school and this morning we had melt down with him saying how unhappy he is about his 'bumpy' talking and how he is being teased at school. I am going in tonight to speak to teacher so that is covered. I have tried the Star Fish programme but he is too young and will have to wait until he is 12. I am at a loss as to what to do next. I have gone private for all the therapy as didn't want him to wait for ages on a waiting list. I have an appointment with GP to discuss the problems with him and feel helpless as to what I should be doing next. Any advice would be really appreciated.

feelingbitter Mon 13-Oct-08 16:49:30

may want to try posting this in Special needs too. Some speech therapists hang out in there.

DesperateHousewifeToo Mon 13-Oct-08 19:30:22

Stammering was not one of my specialist areas so I'm afraid I can't give you any answers.

Could you phone any of your old therapists, who know your ds, and ask for their advice?

If you do decide on more private therapy, ensure it is someone who specialises in stammering (which I'm sure you would do anyway).

beakysmum Mon 13-Oct-08 19:44:06

Poor you and poor DS. I am a speech therapist and my work includes children who stammer.

Remember that all stammeres have fluent periods and then non fluent times; fluent speech almost certainly WILL return! Easier said than done when in the middle of a really bad episode, but both of you try and remain calm as stress always makes fluency worse.

Finally, are there any techniques you were taught previously that you have let slip? Worth going over again this week? Anything that you or DS think may be contributing to stammer being bad at present now, that you could do something about (eg late nights)?

All the best, you are doing the right things and sound like a very supportive Mum smile and [hug] to DS

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