Preschoolers

For the pre-schooler who stutters, AIS helps both the child and the family.

If you are concerned that your preschooler is stuttering, we encourage you to speak to one of the experts at AIS. If your child displays any of the following behaviors, we recommend an evaluation.

  • Your child repeats or gets “stuck” on sounds to the point that it concerns you.
  • You notice your child trying to talk but no sound comes out.
  • Your child’s mouth and/or body tenses while speaking.
  • Your child is talking less in family situations and/or in school.
  • Your child acts frustrated while talking.
  • Your child seems to avoid saying certain words and talking to certain people.

What happens at an evaluation? 

During the evaluation, we will assess:Kids1a

  • Your child’s history, including family history of stuttering.
  • The presence of risk factors that might suggest your child will continue to stutter.
  • Various aspects of your child’s speech – including fluency, articulation and voice characteristics
  • Language comprehension and expression.
  • Parental concerns and environmental factors.

Research confirms that 75-80% of pre-schoolers who stutter overcome the condition. However, certain factors can help predict which children are at a greater risk for persistent stuttering. Early treatment may help increase a child’s chances of recovery – no matter what the factors are.

Regardless of whether or not a given child recovers, early treatment can help your child to:

  • Speak more fluently.
  • Be more confident.
  • Prevent negative thoughts and emotions from taking hold.


What happens when my child is treated?

We personalize our treatment approach according to the unique needs of each child. Therapy promotes increased fluency, effective communication skills and healthier attitudes about talking. We make treatment interactive and fun, so children are motivated to participate.

  • For young children who are unaware that they stutter, we may recommend indirect treatment. This approach focuses on helping you use simple, at-home strategies to help your child.
  • For children who are aware of their stutter and are showing signs of avoidance, embarrassment or struggle, direct therapy may be best. We’ll work with your child at AIS – promoting freer speech and greater confidence.

What are the treatment options?

  • AIS offers one-on-one sessions that can be done weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
  • AIS Kid Groups, where children who stutter have fun and receive support while learning and practicing alongside other kids who stutter.

To learn more about any of these programs, please contact AIS at 212-633-6400 or at speakfreely@stutteringtreatment.org. You can also email AIS directly by clicking here.