posted by Carrie Kerstein, co-owner

When a child is stuttering, “How can I help?” is often one of the first questions we are asked by caregivers. Information and advice about stuttering is, unfortunately, often outdated and not based in current evidence and best practices for supporting children and teenagers who stutter. At CSLS, our clinicians are continuously working to deepen their knowledge of communication  across many profiles, learning from one another, experts in our field, and the children and families with whom we are so lucky to work.

Beginning last fall, I had the opportunity to collaborate with a small group of speech-language pathologists from across the country to put together updated guidance for caregivers of children who stutter, facilitated and funded by Spero Stuttering, Inc. The takeaways from this work are the same as for any child receiving care at our practice: communication, confidence, compassion, resilience, and connection.

It was an honor to collaborate with this team of knowledgeable colleagues on this project. I hope you will find it useful.


Announcement from Spero Stuttering:

Spero Stuttering is proud to announce the release of our newest video resource! “Nurturing and Empowering Your Child Who Stutters” is officially available, exclusively through our YouTube channel.

This short film provides support for caregivers to set up their children for communication success. Over the course of 20 minutes, speech-language pathologists with expertise in stuttering discuss effective communication approaches informed by current research, the experiences of those who stutter, and best practices designed to help children who stutter communicate freely, forge connections, increase confidence, and build resilience.

You’ll hear from:

  • Mandy Rodstrom, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Ana Paula Mumy, SLPD, CCC-SLP
  • Janet Tilstra, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Carrie Kerstein, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Anna Jones, MS, CCC-SLP

A special acknowledgment to our friend and masterful filmmaker, John Gomez (Keen Eye Productions), for skillfully capturing these vital messages and playing an integral role in transforming our vision into reality.

Watch it here:

Download the accompanying Caregiver Guidance handout here, at under Resources!