Mini-KIDS is a stuttering modification treatment that is developed from Van Riper's and Dell's approach that takes into account the learning strategies of pre-school children.
Children at the age of 2-4 years learn from models in their environment. Therefore the parents are crucial in this approach. Stuttering children are able to speak fluently most of the time. The loss of control during stuttering events can lead into the vicious circle of effort, tension and shame. The model of an easy and assertive stuttering in the child's environment shows better coping strategies and frequently leads to recovery. But even if the stuttering should remain the child is best prepared.
Children from 4-6 years are able to observe and to control voluntarily their speech. The phases of Van Riper's and Dell's stuttering modification are adapted to the cognitive and emotional development of this age. Children and parents are desensitized against stuttering and its triggers. They learn the perceptive, motor and linguistic skills that are necessary to identify real stuttering symptoms and to modify them. The goal is either the recovery or an assertive and easy stuttering and the prevention of the vicious circle of effort, tension and shame.