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Stuttering and the shy child

Since my return to the American Institute for Stuttering, I’ve been badgering the AIS staff about possible topics for new blog posts. I recently heard Amy Strekas share about her interest in shyness and its relation to people who stutter. So, naturally, I jumped on the opportunity to pay it forward to the AIS Blog. Thanks for sharing, Amy! 

A Bashful Girl

Written by: Amy Strekas

Let me be clear. Stuttering doesn’t cause shyness. And shyness doesn’t cause stuttering. However, sometimes children present with both, and the two traits interact with one another. So, I did some research to learn more about shyness in children to improve my therapy with young clients who presented with both traits.

As a part of this process, I read a book about shyness in children. The book’s premise is that shyness is not a disorder. It describes how shy children often have very admirable qualities: they are good listeners, they have long attention spans, and they are good at entertaining themselves when alone. On the other hand, shyness can limit a child’s life in certain ways – socially and academically. The author provides tips for parents to help shy children gain confidence to express themselves with interacting with others. I found the book to be insightful, well written and clear. I highly recommend it to anyone working with a shy child.

The Shy Child
Helping Children Triumph over Shyness
Ward K. Swallow Ph.D.

top photo: wmstadler

By | 2017-02-19T06:26:59+00:00 October 15th, 2012|Featured, School|7 Comments


7 Comments

  1. Sherry October 16, 2012 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I stuttered as a child an it made me more “shy” in that I avoided taking to people, I think if I did not stutter I would have been much less shy. I think if a person was “shy” I could see how it could result in hesitant speech when talking to someone they would normally not talk to, but that would not necessarily be stuttering. Is “shyness” an official disorder?

  2. Amy Strekas October 16, 2012 at 11:44 am - Reply

    According to this book, shyness is not a disorder; it is simply a personality type. In some people who stutter, their stuttering can lead to some shyness. But every individual is different. I have met several people who stutter who are extremely outgoing and talkative in social settings.

  3. speech therapy Orange County November 19, 2012 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Stuttering children do have a high tendency of becoming shy because of the possibility that they are being seen as a ‘problem.’ People should understand that stuttering is the problem and not the child as a whole. Anyway, thank you for this post and for recommending this book.

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