Offering diagnosis and treatment of communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders
Published: Aug. 8, 2008
Updated: Nov. 3, 2011
Stuttering is a communication disorder that involves abnormal disfluencies in speech, as well as behavioral and emotional reactions.
Typical speech behaviors of stutterers include:
Most adolescent and adult stutterers have also developed behavioral reactions to their stuttering, such as:
Therapy is provided on an individual basis, with sessions ranging from 30 to 60 minutes. All therapy is conducted by a licensed speech-language pathologist who is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed in the state of North Carolina.
Weekly home assignments are provided as necessary.
Success is measured differently by everyone. Goals of this program are to provide children, adolescents, and adults with strategies and tools to use in their everyday communication to facilitate more fluent speech.
Home and community practice are essential for success, and the motivation to improve one’s own speech can be a significant factor.
For a child, consider requesting an initial evaluation through your primary care provider, or independently, when:
For an adolescent or adult, consider treatment if you have developed behavioral reactions to your stuttering, or if stuttering has a negative impact on you academically, socially, or professionally.
You can benefit from stuttering therapy if stuttering affects your ability to:
The benefits of participating in Duke’s stuttering program include:
To schedule an evaluation, please contact Duke Speech Pathology and Audiology at 919-684-3859, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.