Intensive therapy programmes
Our speech and language therapists are trained to deliver intensive therapy programmes for individuals that require more than the core speech and language therapy support.
Stuttering also known as ‘stammering’ is a disruption to the flow of speech and can vary in severity depending upon each individual’s difficulty. Someone who stammers may repeat or prolong words and syllables or they may use pauses or have blocks in speech which means they are unable to produce any sound.
Speech and language therapy will help an individual who has a stutter by providing techniques and support to help them manage their stutter in a positive way. Speech and language therapy will aim to create a positive communication environment by increasing the individual’s confidence and self-esteem when communicating.
A stutter is a disruption of the usual flow of speech and ranges from stoppage of speech, repetition of words or syllables and prolonging sounds. A stutter can affect many people. People who stutter may block certain words out and try to use alternatives. Speech may sound tense, jumbled or forced depending on the severity and type of stutter.
A combination of factors can cause stuttering, and it is often something which is present from a young age. Some of the causes are listed below:
It may be more likely for someone to have a stutter, if someone in their family has one too.
The amount of pressure on a person, and different situations involved in speech production can affect the severity and extent of a stutter.
Self perception and perception of speech can affect severity and extent of a stutter.
Speech and language therapy can help someone who stutters. Speech and language therapy may focus an individual's speech sound or general communication problems. Speech therapy will be tailored to your needs and an appropriate programme will be chosen based on each individual's needs.
By working on these areas, a client can develop coping strategies to overcome their stutter and improve the fluency of their speech.
Speech and language therapy can improve a client’s communication skills and help them to develop coping strategies and management of their stutter. This will result in a client becoming more confident and therefore more fluent in their production of speech.
Speech and language therapy will provide support, techniques and exercises for the individual with the stutter to help them develop strategies which will make their stutter more manageable. Therapy will focus on viewing a stutter in a positive way and helping them to communicate more confidently.
Speech and language therapy may improve any aspect of an individual's communication and may increase an individual's confidence and reduce anxiety when they are communicating. Speech and language therapy may also provide each patient with individual coping strategies that are beneficial to them.
Speech and language therapy will provide an initial assessment which will help to determine the severity of the individual’s stutter and also note the strategies they use to cope with it. An initial assessment will involve a detailed assessment of the individual’s fluency of speech. The initial appointment will also give the individual the opportunity to share any concerns they have about their communication and also what they want to focus on in therapy.
Specific treatment will vary for each individual and be dependent on many different factors. Treatment will be individualised for each patient and will focus on what they want to work on and improve in therapy. At SLT UK we also offer stuttering and fluency groups which are beneficial for individuals with stutters to share their techniques and experiences. Stuttering and fluency groups also provide a positive communication environment.
After the initial assessment speech and language therapy may include reports, reviews, therapy programmes, support groups, training, education and advice.
Stuttering also known as ‘stammering’ can affect different aspects of speech production and can differ in severity depending upon a person’s difficulty. Speech and language therapy can help with the management of a stutter by providing methods and strategies to overcome certain difficulties.
We offer a free telephone consultation in order to discuss any concerns regarding your speech, language, voice or swallowing.