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Stammering (also known as ‘stuttering’) is a physical difficulty, where the flow and timing of speech is disrupted. Small differences in the connections of the brain result in a difficulty in speaking.
Parents do not cause stammering and it is not caused by anxiety or stress, although these feelings may impact on stammering. A person who stammers may repeat sounds or words, stretch out sounds or physically get stuck on a word.
Stammering is often associated with tension or struggle when trying to speak. Sometimes it leads to increased feelings of frustration, upset, embarrassment and shame. Negative reactions from others can affect a person’s thoughts, feelings, and the way they behave.
A person who stammers may tried to hide or minimise their stammer by avoiding or changing words, avoiding certain speaking situations, or choosing not to speak.
Refer to us for more support when one or more of the following apply:
Children and young people 0-19 years, who stammer, are offered an assessment and advice is provided to parents/carers and settings. We ask parents/carers and significant others to implement the advice at home and at nursery/school so that we are working together in supporting a child’s fluency.
We work with the whole family to increase their understanding and knowledge of stammering and give them the tools they need to support their child’s fluency in everyday conversations and situations. We recommend Parents/Carers attend one of our stammering training sessions to learn more about stammering and the important role they play in supporting their child’s fluency.
The Speech and Language Therapy Service provides a range of therapy approaches for children who stammer and their families. Therapy offered is tailored to an individual child’s needs and will be discussed with the child and their family at assessment.
Our aims of therapy are to:
Where it is appropriate we work with the child and young person on reducing avoidances and associated negative feelings and emotions and help them to accept and feel okay about their stammer.
The service has a specialist stammering team, who work with children and young people, between the ages of 7-19 years old, who have a stammer. We offer 1:1 specialist assessment and advice and provide a range of therapy approaches, tailored to an individual child’s needs. Therapy is offered as 1:1 sessions and/ or group therapy. We run intensive therapy groups for 7-9 year olds, 9-12 year olds and Teenagers. The groups provide an opportunity to meet other children who stammer, to share experiences, to build confidence and reduce feelings of isolation. We also deliver training to parents/carers, staff in nurseries/preschool settings and schools and to Speech and Language Therapists, within our department.
Give your child plenty of time to respond to help them to plan and process what to say
Children often lose eye contact when stammering. It’s helpful if you don’t look away but give the same eye contact as you would if speaking to a child who is fluent.This shows that you are listening to what they are saying rather than how they are saying it.
Encourage everyone in the family to have a turn similar in length.
Questions often demand an immediate response which can increase pressure on the child who stammers and can increase the demands on their language skills and sometimes leads to more stammering
Have 5 to 10 minutes of one to one time with your child every day, where there aren’t any distractions and there is no competing for attention with other family members.
My Stammering Tap - Increases awareness of what is stammering
Hull City of Culture
7 Top Tips for Talking - Ways to support a child who stammers
Michael Palin Centre Action for Stammering children
Wait I’m not finished - Stammering information for teachers
Michael Palin Centre Action for Stammering children
Has your preschool child started stammering? - Information for parents
Is it my fault that my child has started stammering? - Information for parents
Should I be worried that my preschool child is stammering? - Information for parents
How you can help a child who stammers - Information for parents
Part one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miAkxYSabko
Part two https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R58tq57sCVM
Why do some children stammer? - South Tees SLT
Practical advice to support a child who stammers - South Tees SLT Team