For Parents

The parent of a child who stutters may have many concerns and fears. Below are some articles that may help by providing inspiration and support for parents.

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Parent’s Thoughts

Be open about your stuttering; talk about it, it’s ok. I don’t think of you any differently than my other kids who don’t stutter. You can be up front about your stuttering. Being open about it can help you and people you talk to. We really love you. Nothing is...

How Stuttering Changed Our Lives

by Melanie Haiken By the time she was six years old, my daughter Linnea had almost stopped talking. Although she was one of the best students in her grade, she refused to raise her hand in class. When I drove a carpool full of loud, giggling girls chattering about...

What Parents Want Their Kids to Know:

I want you to know that I love you endlessly. It is to know many times what you’re feeling I wish you would  be less protective I hope to be a successful in life as you when I grow up Thank you for helping me. I truly love you more than life itself I really don’t care...

Wishes for Others – Denver

Dear Ian, I wish you were a millionaire! Plus cool hat! Also I wish you would never be bullied again. From, Evan Dear Wraith (chase), I hope you learn stuttering techniques. Your friend,Ian To: Ian honey badger Hope to be your captain next year and bring your shirt....

Wishes for Self – Denver

Parents: Meet new people and help others any way I can My  daughter will go to the group she is most comfortable in Young Adult or Teen. Help someone else or another family realize what I have and that stuttering is just another part of him. My best hope for this...

Parent’s Thoughts

At the October 2008 Friends One Day Workshop in Iowa Friends, parents were asked for their thoughts on their child’s stuttering.

I am So Proud!!

For weeks, my daughter Ashlee, age 13, had been talking about doing a presentation on stuttering in front of her class or at an assembly, and I was getting more and more nervous. I was concerned about how her peers would respond, and I did not want her to be disappointed or hurt if it did not go as she expected.


Einstein, as well as other scientists, have given us the wonderful insight that time isn’t as fixed as we might have believed. It can, in fact, speed up and slow down, sometimes at perplexingly the most inopportune moments.

The Power of Listening

Trust has been described as the main component in any healthy relationship. Unfortunately, many therapeutic relationships are not built on trust and therefore growth is often limited (Luterman, 2001). In order to strengthen the client/clinician relationship, one must realize that building trust takes work.

A Parent Pledge

Because we recognize that parents need to become strong supporters of their children who stutter, and because we are advocates for our children, ensuring the right of each to become a strong confident and assertive individual who is allowed to achieve all he or she is capable of becoming….

Not Knowing Much About Stuttering

I am the parent of an adult who stutters. Having been asked to speak, I was a little anxious at first, because I haven’t spoken in front of a large group in several years. Thinking about that, made me more aware of and sensitive to the challenge and struggle that my son, and others who stutter, must face on a daily basis…

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