My 3 year old son recently started stuttering....is this common?

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I used to work in a pre-school, and several of the kids ages 2-5 stuttered. I talked to my kids' pediatrician about it (out of curiosity...when do you get worried, you know?) and she said that if they're stuttering over one sound, it's okay. It's when they stutter over an entire word that you should be concerned.

I agree with Cathy. I think for a lot of kids it's just an issue of so many thoughts racing through their little heads and not being able to wrap their mouth around what they're saying. Good luck!

Cathy - posted on 07/21/2009

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my son stuttered a bit at that age too, I think their thoughts are going too fast for their tongues and just get caught up in the words...just encourage him to slow down and breathe, and think about his sentence before he says it.

Traci - posted on 07/21/2009

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My daughter started doing that around that age. She's almost 7 now and hasn't done it for a couple of years now. I tried to encourage her to slow down while speaking and that's all it took. It'll take time, but just try not to draw attention to it. :)

Elizabeth - posted on 07/21/2009

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For some it is. I am a nurse. My 3 year old son did not do it but his older brother did when he was three. My older son has grown out of it but the reason for his stutter was because he had anxiety. he again has since grown out of it. With some children it is just apart of them growing up.

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Tonia - posted on 07/22/2009

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Two of my children have speech issues. My daughter, almost 7, started stuttering when she was 3. I contacted the school speech teacher, and had my daughter tested. From that testing, we placed her on an IEP, for speech, so when she stated preschool that next year, she was taken to a speech class for a little bit of time each week. It is really helping. He brother, almost 10, has been in speech for a few years now. He is about to come off his IEP. I agree with a previous poster, the child's brain is moving faster then their mouth. The main thing is not making a big deal about it.

Jessica - posted on 07/21/2009

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Thanks everyone for the advice. It helps to know that at this age it is really common. On to the next issue, right moms? =)

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