1) What choice do we have today. What choice do parents of children who stutter have today in the year 2010? Parents can't wait.
Parents feel that they have to do something now, but this is a fallacy a priori. Often, the best reaction in an emergency is to stay calm and don't do anything for at least 10 seconds!
1) go for a check-up to eliminate other language, hearing, and speech issues.
2) wait a few months as most will recover, unless stuttering is too severe and the child suffers visibly.
3) choose an experienced therapist that you like and let her/him do whatever they do.
4) pray best case scenario, natural recovery, and expect worst case scenario by focusing on improving psychosocial adaptation to a life-time stuttering brain.
2) No treatment or Lidcombe treatment?Lidcombe treatment a few months after onset as I can only see upside potential. Those who would
recover naturally anyway, might recover earlier. Those who will not recover, receive effectively behavioural and cognitive therapy that, if done well, helped by parents, and in a cooperative child, might optimize psychosocial adaptation.
I am not concerned that direct treatment might build up some negative attitudes in the child. The child will be faced by those any way in its social environment.
3) What if you had a child who stutters? What would you do?I would go to the SLT, and ask for a check-up of speech and language. After excluding any other issue, I will probably wait for a few months. And then I look for an experienced SLT and let her/him to the treatment they offer. And yes, if I were in Montreal, I would go to Rosalee, because she is nice and experienced with kids. ;-)
BUT I would not expect that "stuttering will be eliminated" forever, but rather than if all goes well, my child would optimize psychosocial adaptation and I probably have to expect some relapse over the years.
If s/he recovered fully, I would not say thank you Rosalee but thank you nature.
4) What is a better alternative for a child who stutters? Are you willing to take any risks?There are various approaches, also demands and capacity treatment, Michael Palin centre treatment. My gut feeling is that, like in psychotherapies, the content is not that important, but the quality of the therapist, the parents, and the child.
I only take a risk if I know there is a risk. So far the evidence is flawed and fuzzy, so I cannot behave in a risky way.