In order to see progress, you must know know what you're looking for. Seems like a pretty obvious statement, but having a skewed vision of progress or success is the reason why so many people who stutter (PWS) report either jumping from therapist to therapist or quitting therapy altogether. It is the job of the speech pathologist to teach strategies, but even more importantly to help clients set realistic and obtainable goals so that they will ultimately recognize the progress they're making when it happens!
Both parents and speech therapists alike find themselves struggling to decide when therapy is complete for someone who stutters. Therapy for a child who has difficulty saying their "r"s has a distinct beginning and end (i.e. when a child meets criterion for 90% accuracy in conversation), however, stuttering is much more variable, by nature. In fact, once a child reaches the age of 8, it is much more likely that their stuttering is going to persist, in some form. Does this mean that therapy will continue forever?? The idea of therapy continuing indefinitely is daunting to both the therapist who has to continue to think of new and exciting activities and the parent who has to both make room in their schedule and in their budget!
DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this website is to act as an educational aid and address common topics associated with stuttering. It is not intended to replace the need for services provided by a licensed speech pathologist who can tailor treatment to an individual's needs.