Before your appointment with the speech and language therapist

If you have the time it is useful to collect some information about your child's stammering and either send this to the therapist with a covering letter in advance of the appointment, or bring it along with you. This will give the therapist a good starting point for the discussion with you. It will also help you be clear about what you want to say.

You can use these forms below for convenient reference.

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Fluency Record

What My Child Does

Fluency record

This is a simple record of your child's fluency that gives a score of 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest rate of stammering and 1 the lowest. Give a score as an average for that day based on the episodes of stammering that you have heard. Place a cross in the box of your score for each day. If you think that the average on one day is 7, then place a cross in the box for that day at the score of 7.

What my child does

This simple form will help you to observe your child's speech and provide information about his stammer. This will help you to clarify your own thoughts and be helpful to the therapist.

When my child stammers

You may have noticed that your child's fluency is affected by the situation and this form will make it easier for you to observe and note this down.

Things to remember about your child to tell the therapist

Make a note about your child's medical history, family history with dates of major events such as the birth of a sibling, a house move or starting at primary school. Also, try to recall the details of anyone in the family who stammered.

Speech and language therapists tell the BSA that it is very helpful if a parent has collected some information about the child's speech. It provides a good basis for their discussion with the parents.


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