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VIDEO: Does Your Preschooler Stutter? (Part 1 of 2)

Are you concerned that your child might be stuttering? In this introductory video, Marlene describes different types of stuttering behaviour and also talks about when it develops and when to seek help. This is part 1 of a 2-part series.

If you live in York Region and are concerned that your child is stuttering, please call 1-888-703-KIDS (5437) to make a referral.

  1. What is Stuttering? The forward flow of speech is disrupted by:
    1. Repetitions
    2. Prolongations
    3. Blocks
  2. Sound and Syllable Repetitions
  3. Prolongations or Stretching out sounds
  4. Block or being stuck and not able to get the word out
  5. When does Stuttering Start?
    1. The child goes through a language spurt
    2. The child starts connecting words
    3. It can start gradually
    4. It can start suddenly
  6. Some children are unaware of stuttering.
  7. Some children become aware of their stuttering may:
    1. Show signs of distress
    2. Child says “I can’t get words out”
    3. Tense, struggle and push or force out the words
    4. Avoid speaking
    5. Avoids saying words
  8. Seek out immediate help if child shows signs of Tension or Awareness
  9. Stuttering can be cyclical or “comes and goes”
  10. Stuttering can be variable or wax and wane. It can rang from severe to absent in a short period of time.
  11. Many strategies to help children who stutter – see video #2
  12. 7 Tips for talking to the child who stutters – see speech and language resources tab

VIDEO: Growing up Multilingual

Many children are exposed to more than one language in their early years. Gigi, a Speech-Language Pathologist with the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program, shares some insights and tips on how to support a child’s language development in a multilingual home.

For more information, please watch Gigi’s video, Growing Up Multilingual.

VIDEO: The Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program Audiologist

Louise, Audiologist, explains the role of the Audiologist in the Tri-Regional Infant Hearing Program. As explained in this clip, teamwork is at the heart of the intervention pathway tailored for each individual family depending on their child’s needs, and usually begins with a newborn hearing screening.

VIDEO: Does Your Preschooler Stutter? (Part 2 of 2)

Are you looking for ways to support your child who is stuttering? In this video, Marlene shares many practical tips and suggestions that you can use every day to help your child become more fluent. This is part 2 of a 2-part series.

If you live in York Region and are concerned that your child is stuttering, please call 1-888-703-KIDS (5437) to make a referral.

Strategies to help you child by reducing demands/pressures on speech and support fluency

  1. Be patient.
  2. Listen to What is said, not How it is said
  3. Repeat or rephrase – let them know you heard them
  4. Do not interrupt or finish their words
  5. Be face to face and at their level
  6. Avoid correcting the stuttering such as “slow down” or “stop and think”
  7. Slow down your speech by pausing between phrases
  8. Pause before responding to your child
  9. Model language that is appropriate for your child’s age or simplify language
  10. Refrain from asking a lot of questions.
  11. Do not tell your child to talk
  12. Wait for them to answer a questions before asking another question
  13. Replace questions with comments and Wait
  14. Ask choice OR yes/no questions
  15. Do not correct speech sound errors OR grammar. Model instead!
  16. Encourage good turn taking.
  17. Reduce time pressure or slow down the pace of life to help your child by:
    1. Make sure child’s schedule is not too busy
    2. Down time between activities
    3. Have your child participate in fewer activities
    4. Setting up routines making life more predictable
  18. Make time to talk and play with your child. Take 5 minutes a day to play and talk with your child.

VIDEO: Seema and Jamie – Play and Communication

Cars, peek-a-boo and tea sets! Kids love to play. In this clip, Seema and Jamie will tell you a little bit about why play has such an important role in our assessments and therapy programs. To learn more about play, please explore our e-learning program, ‘The Power of Play’; to make a referral to the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program, please call 1-877-703-KIDS (5437).

VIDEO: What is Social Communication?

Take a trip to the local coffee shop with Lanni, who will introduce you to the world of social communication. Whether we use pictures, signs, written, or spoken words, social communication is the constant in our interactions, and plays an important role in how we build relationships. If you live in York Region are concerned with your toddler or preschooler’s social communication, please call 1-888-703 KIDS (5437) to make a referral to the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program.

VIDEO: Expressive and Receptive Language

A communication assessment explores many areas of a child’s development. In this clip, Loan, Speech-Language Pathologist, will explain what is meant by ‘expressive’ and ‘receptive’ language skills.

VIDEO: Speech Sound Delays and Disorders

Is your child’s speech difficult to understand? In this clip, Natalie will tell you about the different types of speech sound disorders and delays that may impact the clarity of a child’s speech. A Speech-Language Pathologist can assess the types of errors your child is making, and suggest an intervention plan to help! If you live in York Region and are concerned with the clarity of your preschooler’s speech, please call 1-888-703 KIDS (5437) to make a referral to the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program.

VIDEO: Parent Engagement

Osy, a Speech-Language Pathologist, explains the important role of caregiver and parent-engagement in all of the intervention programs in the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program. The partnership between the family and the clinical team is essential in helping the children in the program to reach their communication potential.

VIDEO: Who are CDAs and SLPs?

At the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program, Communicative Disorders Assistants and Speech-Language Pathologists work in collaboration to support you and your child. In this clip, Jena and Premila talk about who these professionals are and how they work together. To make a referral to this program, please call: 1-877-703-KIDS (5437).

Did you know Audiologists & Speech-Language Pathologists are Regulated?  Click here to view the CASLPO brochure (available in 8 languages).

VIDEO: What to Expect at Your Child’s Communication Assessment

Take a few moments to watch Jason, Speech-Language Pathologist, who will explain how you can prepare for your child’s communication assessment session, as well as what to expect during that visit. We know that this can be a challenging time for parents and caregivers and hope that this information is helpful!