Most children go through periods of disfluency as they learn to speak. Some will experience mild stuttering, and for others the difficulty will become severe. Early intervention by the pediatrician can help parents understand and thus minimize the problem.

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Authored by: 

Barry Guitar, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Vermont
Edward G. Conture, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University

Editorial Assistance: 

Stephen Contompasis, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Vermont Medical School, University of Vermont
Jane Fraser
President, The Stuttering Foundation
Michael B. Grizzard, M.D.
Medical Director, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.
Ellen Kelly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
James McKay, M.D.
Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Vermont
Peter Ramig, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Colorado–Boulder
Patricia M. Zebrowski, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Iowa
the child who stutters: to the pediatrician, 6th edition
Publication No. 0023
First Edition—1991
Second Edition—2001
Third Edition—2004
Fourth Edition—2006
Revised Fourth Edition—2007
Fifth Edition—2013
Revised Fifth Edition—2016
Sixth Edition—2021
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Stuttering Foundation of America
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Memphis, Tennessee 38111-0749
ISBN 978-0-933388-56-7
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