How to Talk with Parents of Young Children Who are Stuttering

Stuttering Foundation Podcast

Nov 7 2023 • 51 mins

Ellen Kelly, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-F joins host, Sara MacIntyre, M.A., CCC-SLP, to discuss that first interaction, or consultation we have with parents of young children who are stuttering. The discussion covers the importance of leaving space for parents to share their stories and concerns, and how to give information and guidance from a clinical perspective without overwhelming or perpetuating guilt. Further, Ellen and Sara talk about 'how to talk about talking,' how to give parents permission to use the s-word! (yes, Stuttering!), and how to support, prioritize, and foster confidence in communication within young children who are stuttering.

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Ellen M. Kelly, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is Vice President for Professional Development at the Stuttering Foundation where she contributes to the creation and dissemination of resources and provides consultation to those who stutter and their families. For more than 35 years, she has integrated her education in speech-language pathology and psychology to provide specialized clinical practice, education, and research in stuttering within university, medical center, and private practice settings. Reach out to Ellen anytime at:

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