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February 1949

How Parents and Teachers Can Help Prevent Stuttering in Children: Eight Keys to Normal Speech.

Am J Dis Child. 1949;77(2):275. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1949.02030040284020

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The general advice given by most speech clinics is presented in popular style for the use of parents, teachers and others. The article consists of the expansion of eight general principles in the prevention of stuttering:

  1. Do not label your child a "stutterer" or his way of speaking as "stuttering." Accept his speech as a perfectly natural way for him to talk.

  2. Do all you can to give your child a feeling of security, confidence and success. Make him feel that he is worthy and loved.

  3. Try to make your child's home a calm, pleasant place, free of family quarrels, conflicts and tensions.

  4. Give your child a chance to talk in the most favorable circumstances.

  5. Try to make your child's school and classroom experiences happy, successful ones—relatively free of pressures and tensions.

  6. A child may safely be trained in righthandedness from infancy, but, if

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