Stuttering in Adults can start at a young age

New three part video series on stuttering


In this video, Jocelyn, Rachel & Rochelle talk about the different types of stuttering, how it comes about, triggering factors and the importance of early intervention.

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Jocelyn Leung:
At Box Hill Speech Pathology, we help treat lots of people, young and old, who stutter. We understand that no two cases of stuttering are the same, so therefore treatment must also be personalised. Stuttering can present at different times in a person’s life and the onset can be sudden or developed slowly over time. Because stuttering can sound and look different for different people, its impact can also vary. Research has shown that early intervention provides the most effective results, so where possible, we recommend that children begin stuttering treatment as early as possible and ideally, before they commence school.

Rachel Saldanha:

But first it’s important to understand what stuttering is. Stuttering is a communication disorder that interrupts the flow of speech. Everyone’s stuttering is different. It can have the same features or a mix of different types. Stuttering can sound like repeated sounds. Ye-Ye-Yesterday. Words: Yesterday, Yesterday, Yesterday. Syllables: Yes-Yes-Yesterday or phrases: Yesterday I went, Yesterday I went, Yesterday I went. Stuttering can also sound like the stretching of sounds: w-w-w-when, it can also feel like the words are getting stuck, (silence) Apple, Some other features that can also happen when you stutter are unplanned eye movements and facial movements,

Rochelle Vizelman:

Stuttering can vary across the day or across weeks, or it may naturally recover over time. However, it is important to be mindful of the following things. If a person has been stuttering for a significant period of time, if there is family history of stuttering, if the person has a coexisting communication difficulty such as a speech disorder or a language disorder, or if the person begins to withdraw from social situations. In these cases, the need to seek advice from a speech pathologist becomes more urgent. We are pleased to share that we offer a range of treatment options for both children and adults. A qualified speech pathologist will be able to co-design the best treatment plan for you or your child. The first step in accessing quality, evidence based treatment, is to call the clinic today and book in your teletherapy appointment or your in person face to face clinic consultation. Call us, or visit our website today.

In part 2, Rochelle, Jocelyn & Rachel discuss the different types of stuttering treatment available, the importance of tailoring the right program to your child and what results you can expect upon completion.

Rochelle Vizelman:

In this video, we will be walking you through some of the therapy approaches that are available for preschool and school-aged children. After a comprehensive assessment with your speech pathologist is complete. A decision about the treatment approach can be made. Because of varying individual needs, a therapy plan will be developed that is individualised to your child. It is important to note that a therapy plan that is helpful for one child may not be as effective for another.

Jocelyn Leung:
The aim of these programs is to achieve no stuttering or almost no stuttering. Treatment will teach children how to improve their overall speech fluency and support their participation in school and social activities.

Rachel Saldanha:

For children, Box Hill Speech Pathology offers the following evidence based programs. The Lidcombe program: this program is typically used for children under the age of six. It is a behavioral treatment program that focuses on providing positive reinforcement for smooth speech. Syllable time speech: this program is typically used for children over the age of six, and can also be known as the Westmead program. It involves saying a syllable in time with the rhythmic beat. The Oakville program: This program combines strategies from the two programs just mentioned, which include syllable time speech alongside positive reinforcement.

Jocelyn Leung:
All programs mentioned can be offered by telehealth or in clinic visits by our range of clinicians. So contact our clinic today.

In the last video in this series,  Rochelle, Rachel & Jocelyn look at the different treatment options for adults & adolescents and how they’re designed to improve both stuttering and speech fluency in general.

Rachel Saldanha:

In this video, we will be discussing what treatment may look like for adults or adolescents. It is important to note that treatment is different for children and for adults. For this population, the aim of treatment is to improve overall fluency. Adults who have been stuttering for an extended period of time may need strategies to manage and control their stuttering in their daily activities. The best evidence based programs are commonly referred to as speech restructuring programs. These strategies help us to speak in a way that improves overall fluency and minimizes stuttering.

Jocelyn Leung:
The main treatment program that we deliver is called The Camperdown program. This program is recommended for adults and adolescents over the age of 12. It uses smooth speech strategies to teach individuals how to control their stuttering and in turn, aims to reduce stuttering frequency and severity. Whilst The Camperdown Program is the most widely used, there may be other evidence based programs, more suitable for your needs. This may include Self-Imposed Timeout or Syllable Time Speech. The most suitable program for you will be determined by your speech pathologist, following assessment and described to you in further detail.

Rochelle Vizelman:
All treatment options are proven to reduce stuttering and improve both social and emotional wellbeing. Adolescents and adults who stutter may experience anxiety relating to their communication, which in turn may impact on job performance and participation in social activities. While speech pathologists will support a person in reducing their stuttering and improving their overall fluency, some individuals may benefit from seeking advice from another health professional, such as a psychologist. All the therapy options mentioned in this video can be delivered by a range of our clinicians, both in the clinic and via telehealth. For more information, please contact the clinic today.


Stuttering is quite common in children. About one in 10 will stutter over the preschool years but it is still very prevalent in the Australian population. One percent or around 200,000 people will stutter in Australia. Stuttering is generally characterized by the repetition of a sound, syllable or word such as “and” “and” “and”, b b b “but”, prolongations of sound such as “sssssssssss” “said” or a block which is where no sound comes out which can be extremely debilitating. Sometimes this feels like your tongue is getting stuck in your mouth.
Many adults and teenagers who stutter often have started stuttering when they were younger.

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What treatment is right for you?

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The most effective forms of treatments for adults and adolescents who stutter are what we refer to as “speech restructuring treatments”. These techniques have been used for many years to control stuttering and there is strong peer reviewed evidence to support their effectiveness.

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The Camperdown Program, which has been developed by the Australian Stuttering and Research Centre is a simpler, quicker treatment than the older speech restructuring treatments.


The program can be carried out one to one basis in the clinic with Vince Borg or over telehealth such as Skype . This has clear advantages for people in rural/remote settings or where travel time is extensive. Individuals are taught to use techniques to help control their stuttering. Practicing with online videos is available between weekly sessions.

Further information about The Camperdown Program is available here

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Some recent examples of stuttering cases Vincent Borg has treated include:

A 16 year old student who had severe speech problems due to blocks and avoided going out with his friends, has now improved his fluency substantially and is the first to go to the movies, buy the tickets and the popcorn! He readily participates in class discussions and is no longer afraid of oral presentations.

A 22 year old university student who was reluctant to engage in conversation or participation in tutorials and is now exceeding even his own expectations! He has even embraced a part-time job dealing face to face with customers in the service industry.

A 35 year old car salesman who was stuttering, avoiding certain words and it was impacting his confidence and his sales. He now is much less anxious about talking, not avoiding words and his increased confidence has improved his sales.


Can Your Adult Stuttering be cured?

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So will The Camperdown Program either face to face or via Skype cure my stuttering?

There are no known cures for stuttering as we don’t really know what causes it but we are confident that genetics plays a significant role! …The Camperdown Program will teach you strategies on how you can control and improve your fluency. This often leads to improvements in your confidence and may reduce your anxiety when speaking as well.


Please click here to make an appointment to see Vince Borg, who has extensive experience with The Camperdown Program.

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Vincent Borg, Speech Pathologist and Founder

Vincent Borg is the Principal Speech Pathologist at Box Hill Speech Pathology Clinic. He has accumulated an impressive 35 years of professional practice, specialising in innovative approaches designed to assist patients of every age.

Using his wealth of knowledge and pioneering approach to treatment, he looks to provide stuttering help to patients both in the clinic and over Skype regardless of their geographic location. His sessions offer practical, real-life strategies and stuttering support that works.



Please read some further information about stuttering from the Australian stuttering research centre.