My 3yo is having stuttering problems.

April - posted on 10/13/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son started having a stuttering problem a few weeks after our DD was born this summer. I also became a SAHM so he no longer attends daycare. I know this was a lot of changes in a short period of time, but we did keep him in daycare for @ 2 weeks after DD was born to ease him into having a baby sister. The stuttering started out as just the first word of the sentence, ususally with "I, I, I, I", etc. It was getting better to the point that he hardly stuttered, but within the past couple weeks it is back with a vengence. He stutters nearly every word now and you can tell it is frustrating him. He will even say that he can't talk right. My DH and I are trying to be patient, but it breaks my heart to see him struggle. I've read so many websites and other blogs about this and of course, there are so many opinions out there. I'm glad that he's not in daycare now because I would not want him to get picked on, but it makes me self-concious about taking him to the park or anyplace with other kids and how he could get picked on there as well. But I know I shouldn't shelter him either. I do try and to time with just him with storytime or by playing one of his board games. There doesn't seem to be any jealousy issues with the baby as he wants to constantly help with her, changing her diaper, feeding her, etc. And we let him help, up to a point of course. But he doesn't seem to stutter when singing or if he's reciting part of a show/movie that he's seen before. Sorry this is long-winded, but I'm worried and just need some support too.

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Denikka - posted on 10/13/2011

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I have read that stuttering is common in small children (I believe it was 3-5)
It's usually not an actual speech problem, but rather that their brain is moving faster than their mouth. Kinda like when you think hi and hello at the same time and it comes out like a garbled hi-lo :P
You could have him evaluated, better safe than sorry. But it's quite likely that he'll just grow out of it on his own.

Good luck with your little one :)

Brianna - posted on 10/13/2011

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i no a lil boy who is 4 and had a stuttering problem. only thing that helped was to make him slow down when he talks (if he talks to fast or gets to excited stuttering gets worse) and speech theropy. when i was a child i took speech theropy because i couldnt prenounce my s and r and it worked great for me

Cassandra - posted on 10/13/2011

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Have you considered speech therepy? I would hate to put my son in but he is starting to lisp, which i did too when I was little. I went to speech therepy and it worked.But I think it may help your son. Good luck.

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