Therapy for school-age children (ages 7-12) begins with a comprehensive evaluation to assess each child’s needs. Typical therapy sessions are held once a week for 30 or 50-60 minutes, depending on the child’s goals and requirements. For example, many children want to participate more actively in school, others want to increase their comfort level when speaking on the phone, and new friendships may be a goal for others. While therapy is centered on the child, the parents’ and caretaker’s involvement, education and counseling are all integral parts of SAY’s therapy process.
Therapy uses a comprehensive approach that incorporates physical strategies to make speaking easier, as well as education, fear reduction, counseling and parent/family involvement.
Although there is no cure for stuttering, speech therapy and stuttering support can help young people best manage their stuttering. Research confirms that stuttering support and therapy can reduce the negative effects of stuttering, improve the child’s self-confidence and help them develop positive attitudes about speaking.
After attending individual therapy sessions and acquiring basic skills, school-age children can participate in SAY’s bi-weekly, 60-minute youth group, which helps school-age children obtain much-needed support from other children who stutter. These groups help children practice speaking techniques in a safe and accepting environment and provide a safe forum to share ongoing challenges and accomplishments.
Often children and their families consider SAY to be their greatest source of hope because we provide young people with the comprehensive speech therapy and support they need to address their speech goals and overcome other complex issues, including low self-esteem, bullying, lack of confidence and so much more. Given SAY’s extensive experience treating young people who stutter we continue to help so many children develop the broad range of skills they need to feel confident and succeed.
SAY Speech Therapy is charged at the rate of $100 per hour and all speech therapy is provided by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, expert in working with young people who stutter. SAY offers need-based financial aid.
To obtain more information on our Speech Therapy program, please contact us below or call Fergie Cantos, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD at 212.414.9696 extension 205.