44: Work on Preschool Stuttering with Confidence

slp coffee talk episode 44

Is it ever too early to start addressing speech issues such as stuttering? Can you see success and make progress with students as young as preschool age? There are treatments that are effective with early intervention age students that you can consider and tools that parents can use at home. 

On this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I’m so excited to talk about this with two guests – Claire Barbao and Rachael Hendzell – to talk about preschool fluency. 

Claire & Rachael met in graduate school at the University of Toledo. The goal of their podcast, Let’s Taco Bout Speech, is to support both parents and professionals to facilitate a positive learning and language environment.

Claire Barbao M.A. CCC-SLP is an ASHA certified Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. She is licensed in the states of Ohio and Virginia, servicing children over telepractice through her private practice, Kindly Speech. She also currently works as a clinical supervisor in a university setting. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts from The University of Toledo. Claire has clinical experience with individuals across the lifespan with a variety of disorders. Her passion is in the areas of fluency and early intervention, as well as servicing adults post stroke or TBI. Claire believes in providing effective and quality speech therapy to her clients, as well as being an advocate for parent education.

Rachael Hendzell M.A. CCC-SLP is an ASHA certified Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. She currently works in a public school in Southeast Michigan and recently started her own private practice, Super Sweet Speech. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Central Michigan University and her Master of Arts from The University of Toledo. Her clinical experience has focused on pediatric speech and language therapy. She’s worked with children aged 2-17 in schools and clinics. Rachael has quickly realized the importance of early intervention in our field and just how important authentic and genuine interactions with our children are!


In This Episode You’ll Discover:


  • Why patterns for stuttering and length of time stuttering are important
  • Risk factors for stuttering in children
  • Deciding on your treatment plan for preschool-age children 
  • Research supporting direct versus indirect treatment for stuttering 
  • How you can help train parents to support their students at home 
  • What turtle talk treatment is 


Whether you are a parent working to support your children or an SLP looking to work with early intervention age children, I hope this episode provides tools you can use to treat stuttering. 


slp coffee talk episode 44


Joke of the Week: 


Q: Why are Saturdays and Sundays the strongest days?

A: Because all the others are weekdays.


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