The exact cause of stuttering is not known; however, researchers around the world are actively
seeking new information about this complex communication disorder. We do know that stuttering is not
caused by emotional problems and it is not a “nervous” disorder. We also know that stuttering is not the
fault of the family or of the person who stutters.
What help is available?
Although there is no simple cure for stuttering, people who stutter can learn to speak more easily, feel
better about themselves and their speaking ability, and communicate more effectively though treatment
by a therapist who is educated and experienced in stuttering therapy. Stuttering typically starts
between the ages of 2½ and 5. Early intervention is the most effective way to help children overcome
their speaking difficulties, so it is important for parents and pediatricians to seek an evaluation by a
qualified speech-language pathologist as soon as they become concerned about a child’s stuttering.
School-age children, adolescents and adults can also benefit from treatment. For these individuals,
treatment is designed to help them learn to manage their stuttering, increase their speech fluency, and
improve their self-esteem and their self-confidence.
Please contact us to discuss your case individually and what treatment will best suit your needs.
How do I get started with stuttering therapy?
The first step is to call our offices and speak to our therapist about your case specifically. Answer a few
questions and schedule a time to come in for an evaluation. The evaluation session will be able to determine the severity and type of stutter. At that point a recommendation will be made for frequency
and method of treatment.
Who do you serve?
Children (Ages 3-12 years)
Teens (Ages 12-17 years)
When is treatment available?
We will work with your schedule and availability. Typically sessions are scheduled in 30-60 minute sessions on weekdays between the hours of 9am-8pm.
Thomas Gibbons MA, CCC/SLP
Frequently Asked Questions
Important Questions to ask a Speech Therapist
When Seeking Treatment for Stuttering
1) How many clients do you work with right now who stutter?
Tom Gibbons: I currently serve 15-20 clients per week who stutter
2) How many stuttering clients have you treated in the past 5 years?
Tom Gibbons: In the past 5 years I've treated over 100 clients with stuttering and fluency
3) How many continuing education hours have you devoted to stuttering therapy in the last 2 years?
Tom Gibbons: 90% of my continuing education is focused on stuttering and fluency
4) How do you approach emotions and self-esteem issues in your clients?
Tom Gibbons: There are many fears and emotions that come along with stuttering. Most
therapists will typically treat the "stuttering behaviors" but not look at some
underlying issues. We'll look into some of these variables, what can we control,
what can we not? We'll answer "How do we get there from here?"
5) Have you ever attended a support group for those who stutter?
Tom Gibbons: I Chair the Kids and Teens Support Groups in Orlando through the National Stuttering
Association. From 2004-2007 I Co-Chaired of the Adult Stuttering Support group in
Orlando at the UCF campus
Director & Therapist of the Orlando Stuttering Center
Tom received his Masters Degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Central Florida in 1999. He has worked with stuttering and fluency disorders in patients of all ages from pre-school to adults in a wide range of clinical settings including public schools, private practice, home healthcare, as well as teaching at the third largest University in the country with the biggest speech therapy program in the nation. From 2004-2007, Mr. Gibbons served at the University of Central Florida as Clinical Faculty/Adjunct Supervisor of Stuttering and Fluency Disorders. Tom's practice focuses soley on Stuttering and Fluency therapy in the Central Florida area. He is also the Chapter Leader for support groups for kids/parents and teens who stutter through the National Stuttering Association. Mr. Gibbons works personally with all clients from the initial assessment through every step of the therapy process.