Coming Unstuck

What connects Charles Darwin, Edison and Einstein? How about Nicole Kidman, Emily Blunt and James Earl Jones (voice of Darth Vader)? These famous people share something in common with your child: they have had or continue to have a stutter. friendly professionals at Box Hill Speech Pathology Clinic are here to help your child who stutters. We have many years of experience in working with children to improve communication skills, allowing children to find their unique version of success. Of course, we support you and your family throughout the process.

The exact cause of stuttering remains unknown. As well as family history and genetics, researchers are looking closely at brain structure and function, including:

  • Language processing
  • Coordination of speech structures and muscles
  • Areas of the brain responsible for movement
  • Rhythm perception and timing
  • Learning of new activities and multi-tasking

What we do know is that starting and proceeding through school can be challenging for kids who stutter. Australian stuttering expert Mark Onslow writes about potential problems, the effect on learning and how teachers can help put children at ease:

The challenges of starting school with a stutter
By Mark Onslow (updated 1 Feb, 2017)

Below are some excellent, practical resources for families to share with teachers and other families to support children through primary and secondary school. They’re really worth a look!

Stammering Information Programme – 10 min video

Top Tips on supporting kids and teens who stammer by children who stammer

Supporting pupils who stammer: Suggestions sheets

Remember, if you’re at all concerned that your child may be stuttering, it’s best to get an assessment by a speech pathologist. If your child isn’t stuttering, it’ll be one less thing to worry about! If he or she is stuttering, early treatment gives you the best chance of success in eliminating or reducing stuttering. We have world-leading treatment in Australia, and our clinicians have been delivering it for years. Contact Box Hill Speech Pathology today on 9899 5494.

 By Nicola Anglin (Speech Pathologist)


WA researcher searches for genetic links of stuttering
By Lisa Morrison, Christine Layton and Barry Nicholls (14 Dec 2016)

Explainer: what is stuttering?
By Nan Bernstein Ratner (Oct 19, 2012)

Seeking Clues to Stuttering Deep Within the Brain
By Carl Sherman (Aug 8, 2016)

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