Latest Book: “Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do”

This “Help Me Talk Right” book focuses on preschool stuttering.

When parents first hear their child stutter, they may feel scared and helpless. They may wonder what they can do to help him so that he does not grow up stuttering. Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do does a thorough job of helping parents navigate the often confusing territory of stuttering during the preschool years. Free of technical jargon and easy to use, this book is for parents, speech pathologists, speech assistants, teachers and pediatricians who wish to learn more about stuttering during these formative years and help children before stuttering becomes a lifelong problem.

This informative book gives parents the tools that will help them help their child. This book explains the following and more:

  • what happens when the child stutters
  • stuttering facts
  • the role of emotions in stuttering
  • the emotions and roles of the parents
  • what can cause the child’s stutter to be better or worse
  • the impact of the child’s environment
  • what parents can do if they want to help their child stop stuttering
  • when and where to seek professional help
  • what to expect when seeking professional help


Excerpted from Help Me Talk Right: Preschool Stuttering: What Parents Can Do by Mirla G. Raz.

It is natural for parents to want to directly help their child when they hear him stutter. They do so with the best of intentions. In their attempts to help their child, they may give him advice or ask him to do what they believe will help. However, the advice they give can be counterproductive. Advice can make the child more self-conscious and upset with himself for being disfluent. Advice can frustrate the child when the advice does not help and yet the parent believes it will. Numerous adults who stutter have told me that they believe the advice their parents gave them, when they were children, did more harm than good. The advice made them more self-conscious and inhibited. The list, on the following pages, highlights common advice that should be avoided, why the advice should be avoided, and replacement actions the parents can implement that will be more beneficial.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Understanding Stuttering
In A Nutshell
Is The Child Stuttering, Stammering or Is This Just Normal Preschool Speech?
Demystifying Stuttering
What Causes Stuttering
Facts about Stuttering

Chapter Two: Viewpoints and Reactions
How Others View Children Who Stutter
How Children Who Stutter View Themselves
Different Ways Children React to Their Disfluent Speech
What Children Do When They Stutter

Chapter Three: Stuttering and Emotions
The Emotions of Parents
Taking the Time to Understand the Child Who Stutters
Helping the Child Who Stutters
How Emotions Affect the Child’s Fluency
How Parents Can Help Their Child

Chapter Four: Different Environments, Events, and People
The Home
Preschool and Daycare
Events That Can Affect Fluency
Help Others Help the Child

Chapter Five: Professional Help
Intervention May Be Needed
Paying for Therapy and Health Insurance
What to Expect When Seeking Professional Help

Chapter Six: Questions and Answers
Common Concerns and Questions

Information Records
Further Reading


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