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Steps To Help Your Stuttering Child



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Many children who are young and just learning to talk can stutter quite frequently. Stuttering or stammering is quite normal, with roughly three million of Americans who stutter. Even though parents worry about this, most of these children will outgrow the stuttering and will talk normally as they get older. This is considered a normal stage of development and referred to as a normal dysfluency, or psuedostuttering.

In early stages of development, children talk and have a tenancy to repeat what they hear, sometimes stumbling or mispronouncing words. When children are learning to put words into sentences, stuttering is common. Boys are more likely to stutter than girls and this can happen anywhere from the age of 18 to 24 months and can go up to the age of 5. The children with a normal dysfluency, typically have a brief stage where they repeat certain sounds, short words or even syllables. If a child gets excited over something, is tired or overly stressed, you might notice them stuttering over their words.

The causes of stuttering aren’t exactly known, but some studies that have indicated it to be genetic, especially if a parent stuttered during their lifetime or stutters currently. Knowing the causes of why and when it happens will help a parent respond to their child and possibly prevent it from happening. If the stuttering continues longer than six months, this doesn’t always mean that it’s going to be a lifelong problem.

If your child is stuttering, its normal for them to become embarrassed and anxious. A parent should show a child a ton of support if the stuttering is bothering a child. Here are some steps you can take to help your child get through this.

  • Talk with your child slowly and be clear when you’re enunciating words. Give your child the time they need to finish what they’re trying to say.
  • Try to not correct or interrupt your child when they are talking. If a person interrupts a child who stutters, this prolongs their stuttering because they are more self-conscious.
  • Try and minimize stress around the house, which could be making their stuttering worse.
  • Don’t belittle your child and make them practice saying certain words they already know.
  • Talk with your child a lot during the day, letting them know what is going to happen and what they should expect.

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