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My Child Stutters or Stammers

My Child Stutters or Stammers

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Between the ages of 2 and 5, you may see that your baby repeats or prolongs certain words, phrases or syllables or makes no sound for certain syllables. It may be that your baby is stuttering. Stuttering is also known as stammering.

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Stuttering is a speech disorder in which there is an interruption or break in the flow of speech. The first signs of stuttering appear when your child is about 18 to 24 months old. During this period there is a burst in vocabulary and kids begin to put words together to form sentences.

Don’t worry. You just need to be patient during this period.1 In most cases stuttering goes away on its own by the time the child is 5 years old. In some cases it may last longer.

Make it a point to speak slowly and clearly when talking to your child or while talking to others in your child’s presence. This will help improve your child’s fluency.

What should I do if my Child Stutters?

Try the following to help your child:

Be patient and take time to listen to your child. Do not distract your child while he
or she is talking. Concentrate on what your child is saying rather than on how it is being said.

When your child stutters, allow him or her to complete the sentence or word. Never complete it for him or her. To let your child know that you have understood what he or she has said, repeat the words spoken by him or her.

Avoid passing comments such "slow down," or "take your time" Also, avoid criticizing or teasing your child about his or her speech. These actions of yours will only make your child more self-conscious.

Assure your child that you are aware of his or her situation and are concerned. Never show signs that you are upset. Always maintain proper eye contact with your child.

Never tell your child to think before talking.

Never allow others to pass comments or try and correct your child’’s speech.

When do I seek help?

It is best to visit a speech therapist as soon as you notice stuttering in your child. Although most children recover without speech therapy, predicting which child will recover naturally is not possible. Research shows that therapy works better in case of preschoolers than it does for older children’s.

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