10yr old son still stutters....

Crystal - posted on 02/26/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is EXTREMELY intelligent. Always the top of his grade. He has stuttered since he was in Kindergarten, and we have sent him to therapy in and out of school, and everything else "they" say to do. I read that after the brain develops the stuttering should go away (at around 5-8yrs). He'll be 10 on Feb 28th and it worries me that something else could be done.

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Claire - posted on 08/19/2013

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My name is claire and i have just joined this site. How is your sons speach. I had a bad stutter when i was youg. I found 13 to 18 very hard. Wasnt till then i learnt how to del with people. Its others that make you feel little. I am a very confident person. Became a hairdresser talking all the time. I have off days when im tired, but thats fine. There is still few letter i find very hard, but stopping my self quickly and starting with new breath works.
I hope is is doing ok,

Mona - posted on 02/26/2009

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Hi there, i remember talking to my midwife a while back about it because my son used to stutter. She told me that it ws because he too is really intelligent & that his mind was so far ahead of what he wanted to say, he stuttered trying to get it all out at once. like he was too intelligent for his physical development kind of thing. She told us to tell him to stop, and just slow down everytime he started to do it. We did, every time he began with his stutter we told him gently but firmly to stop, take a minute, & take his time to tell us. Just slow down. It worked brilliantly.



I hope some of this helps :)

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2009

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My daughter is 17, and I noticed a significant reduction in her stuttering only a few years ago.  We sent her speech therapy and all that jazz...but it was almost overnight when we suddently noticed she was using smooth sentences.  I truly don't know what happend, but i'm glad it did.

Crystal - posted on 02/26/2009

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We used a Child Speech Physcologicist outside of school (in CO)and he now meets with the school speech specialist.  (in current school MO) Schools do not  normally meet with children unless their speech affects their schoolwork.  (My son's doesn't)...I can't say it is better.  It does lessen from time to time.  The only reason my son's current school is willing to meet with him is because he was with a independent therapist in the past, and his teacher is afraid he will be teased when he gets into Middle school next year.  She see's he's a tender kid and wouldn't want mean kids to hinder his progress.

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Do you think your son's stutter is getting better as he ages or is it the same? I would be most concerned if he wasn't making any progress. Does he have support from a speech therapist at school? I had a friend who didn't stop stuttering until he was 12. He was also very bright but always had an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and worked with the speech therapist twice a week all throughout elementary school. I would talk to my son's pediatrician and see what he says. Best wishes!

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