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Online Stuttering Therapy for Children
In-Person Stuttering Therapy near Skokie 60076 & surrounding Illinois areas

What is the Difference between Stuttering & Stammering?

"Stuttering" is more commonly used in American English, while "stammering" is used more often in British English. Both terms refer to a speech disorder characterized by involuntary repetitions, prolongations, or blocks of sounds or words.

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What is Stuttering (or Stammering)?

Stuttering, also known as stammering, is a speech disorder that impacts individuals of all ages. While those who stutter may know what they want to say, they experience difficulty in expressing themselves verbally. At its core, stuttering is a motoric issue that can develop into a communication disorder, leading to avoidance of certain situations such as ordering food at a restaurant or participating in class. The pattern and severity of stuttering can vary from person to person and may even fluctuate from day to day. It is important to note that these fluctuations are a normal part of stuttering.

Signs/Symptoms of Stuttering

  • Repetition of sounds, syllables, or words in a sentence (also called repetitions) 

  • Having a hard time getting a sound out (also called block

  • Drawing a sound out (also called prolongation)

  • Avoiding certain words or situations that they find challenging to articulate

  • Physical movements such as eye blinking, head turning, pen tapping 

These signs and symptoms can significantly impact an individual's ability to communicate effectively, and may require professional intervention to manage.  It is important to remember that these signs are only what we can hear or see. 

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Is it Common for Young Children to Stutter?

It is common for children between the ages of 2 and 6 to go through periods of disfluency, but if certain risk factors are present, it increases the likelihood for stuttering to continue.  These risk factors include:

  • Gender: stuttering is more likely to persist in boys than girls

  • Age: stuttering is more likely to continue in children who began stuttering at age 3.5 years or older

  • Family history: a family history of stuttering increase the likelihood the child will stutter

When to Seek Stuttering/Fluency Therapy for your Child

  • has been stuttering for 6 to 12 months or longer

  • began stuttering at age 3.5 or older

  • stutters more frequently than previously

  • has a family history of stuttering

  • shows tension or struggle when speaking

  • avoids situations that require speaking  

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What Causes Stuttering? 

​Stuttering is a neurologically-based disorder which impairs an individual’s ability to time and sequence the underlying movements necessary for speech. 

Stuttering is genetic.  In fact, research has identified some of the genes that play a role in stuttering. 

The exact causes of stuttering remain unclear. Ongoing research and continue to shed light on this complex disorder and offer hope for effective treatment and management.

Can Stuttering be Cured?

Although there is no definitive cure for stuttering, there is a greater chance of recovery for young children. As a certified practitioner of the Lidcombe Program, I specialize in treating young children who stutter. For more information on this program, please visit their website.


My main goal is to assist individuals in managing their stuttering and building confidence in speaking situations, so that it does not hinder their progress. I am capable of helping both children and adults who stutter to fully participate in their lives by improving fluency and managing stuttering behaviors, reducing negative reactions such as tension, struggle, and avoidance, enhancing communication attitudes, and minimizing activity limitations and negative impacts from stuttering.

Speech Therapy for Children who Stutter 

During stuttering therapy, I work with preschoolers and their parents to identify and modify situations that may cause stress on the child's speech and language system. Additionally, I work directly with the child to improve their speech fluency. 


For school-aged children and teenagers, I take a holistic approach to stuttering treatment. This includes education about stuttering and creating an awareness of the individual's stuttering pattern. Techniques to manage stuttering are then taught and practiced in role-playing scenarios to reduce fear and avoidance and generalize skills into everyday life. 


Throughout therapy, emphasis is placed on addressing thoughts and feelings as they have a direct impact on both the individual and their speech. Principles of Avoidance Reduction Therapy (ART) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) are incorporated to promote successful outcomes.

Speech Therapy for Children who Stutter Near Skokie, Illinois

I offer in-home speech therapy for children who stutter who live near Skokie, Wilmette, Evanston, and West Rogers Park. 



Online Speech Therapy for Children who Stutter Throughout Illinois, New York, ad New Jersey

I offer virtual speech therapy services throughout Illinois, New York, and New Jersey.

Throughout my career, I have encountered numerous clients who stutter and have unfortunately had negative experiences with speech therapy in the past. I want to assure you that this should not deter you from seeking assistance. I invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation to explore how I can support your loved one in achieving your communication goals.

Certifications Completed

Lidcombe Program

The Lidcombe Program is a behavioral treatment for children who stutter under 6 years of age (may be suitable for some older children). This form of therapy uses a combination of therapy sessions and parental day-to-day observations to ultimately either remove the stutter entirely or reach an extremely low level.  Find out more.

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