Episode 30: Stuttering in Children

I am talking to Professor Dr. Derek Daniels in this week’s episode about stuttering in children. He is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who specializes in stuttering therapy. Dr. Daniels is a person who stutters, conducts research on psychosocial aspects of stuttering, and supervises graduate student training in stuttering through Wayne State University's Speech and Language Clinic. We go over all things stuttering, so if your child or someone you know stutters, this is a helpful episode for you. 


We are talking with Dr. Derek Daniels about stuttering in children. He focuses on public perceptions of stuttering and factors that influence the psychosocial experiences of individuals who stutter. We will review some excellent tips on how to help your child navigate this journey. 



What we go over with stuttering & children

  • How stuttering is misunderstood in our society with so much misinformation
  • The definition of stuttering. 
  • There are some kids outgrow it, and some don’t. 
  • What is the best course if your child is stuttering? 
  • Why making space for the child to talk is so important.
  • Don’t correct your child’s speech and let them enjoy talking.
  • Watch how you are handling the stress and reactions in front of your child. 
  • Stuttering is not brain damage when we talk about neurological. Nothing is wrong. The brain is just more vulnerable. 
  • The aspects of stuttering that Dr. Daniels works on are stigma, acceptance, and advocacy. 
  • There are common microaggressions where people who stutter feel they need to defend themselves.
  • Dr. Daniels tells his story of stuttering and what brought him to do his incredible work. 
  • Hiding and concealing were a big part of his life.
  • The biggest takeaway from a child to an adult, it’s going to be ok. 
  • Just having conversations about stuttering is so essential to help break down the stigmas around stuttering. 



Learn more about Dr. Derek Daniels and resource for stuttering:

Dr. Daniels Bio:

Dr. Derek E. Daniels is an associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  He has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on stuttering. Derek is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Fluency Disorders, and an assistant editor for Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences and Disorders. He is a person who stutters and conducts research on psychosocial aspects of stuttering. In particular, Derek's research focuses on public perceptions of stuttering, and factors that influence the psychosocial experiences of individuals who stutter. He is particularly interested in identity, stigma, intersectionality, self-help groups, and culturally responsive practices as they pertain to individuals who stutter and individuals with communication challenges. In addition, he is also interested in qualitative research methods, sociocultural (Vygotskian) theory, and social constructionism. Derek is a native of Houston, TX, and currently enjoys urban life in Detroit. He is a former President of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA), and currently serves as MSHA's Vice-President (VP) for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.



Derek E. Daniels, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (he/him/his) dedaniels@wayne.edu


Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (Graduate Officer)

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Wayne State University


Vice President (V.P.) for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA)


Links of interest

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association-http://www.asha.org/

National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH)-http://www.nbaslh.org/

National Stuttering Association - http://www.westutter.org/

Camp Shout Out for Youth Who Stutter- http://www.campshoutout.org/

FRIENDS: The National Association for Young People Who Stutter-https://www.friendswhostutter.org/

MySpeech- https://myspeechapp.org/


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