Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Evaluation results

Olivia was evaluated by a speech pathologist a few days ago to assess the seriousness of her stuttering. This is through the early intervention program which I had mentioned in the post below.

As expected, Olivia did not qualify for any services. Her stuttering, they call it disfluency, is very common among children aged between 1 ½ - 3 ½, when they are learning new skills everyday. In fact, services are not even provided for children this young.

The speech pathologist gave us a few tips on how to talk to Olivia:
  1. Speak in an unhurried way, pausing frequently. This does not mean speaking so slow that it became unnatural.
  2. Reduce the number of questions we ask Olivia. Instead of questions, simply comment on what she has said.
  3. Use facial expressions and other body language to convey that we are listening to the content of her message and not how she’s talking.
  4. Set aside a few minutes each day to give her our undivided attention. This can be a confidence builder for younger children.
  5. Do not show that we are impatiently waiting for her to say the words, just act calm.

Hopefully, with these tips, her stuttering would go away eventually. If there are no improvements in 5-6 months, we can always get her evaluated again.

My nephew also stuttered when he was Olivia’s age and his went away eventually. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.


Ann said...

I know a mum's worry....
But as it is with kids...this phase will pass out in time...and it is a phase, I am sure.

Good that you have help to get you by....not so easy to come by in Msia....

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Olivia.

MommyP said...

I'm glad that she doesn't need services! I think that the tips the evaluator gave you would be helpful for all parents. We do those same things for Stephen!

andrewjune said...

dont just a phase i will go away!

thks for the tips given gives me more idea or how to communicate better and teaching my daughter at conversations!

HI said...

ann - thank you.

mommyP - no servies for disfluency exists at this age.

june - I hope so too.