My 3 year old recently started studdering

Patience - posted on 05/01/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I don't know what to do. One day she was fine the next started studdering, and it has gotten worse since it started 2 weeks ago. We have figured out it is not an attention thing. So what can make her start doing it?

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Sunshine - posted on 05/06/2010

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First you need to take her to your pediatrian to see if there is a cause for the studdering. I am not a Dr. however in some cases there are nuerological reasons for studdering and other speech impediments. It may not be serious so there is no need to panic however your Dr. can tell you for example if she needs a speech theropist. My youngest has a lisp. and a learning disability because I waited too late thinking it would pass like a phase. It always pays to be on the safe side seeing as how speech can and will affect social and learning skills.

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Alicia - posted on 04/12/2012

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my child is the same age and is having the same thing happen! I found your post because I was looking for an answer to my problem!

Gina - posted on 05/06/2010

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Hi I wrote and said to slow down because the docs back in 1973 had told my dad that the reasons some children did this was because they had so many things going on in there little brains they couldn't get it ALL out. So slow down gave thema chance to collect her thoughts and get her words out . MY father and everyone else in her life always listened to her .

Sarah - posted on 05/06/2010

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Patience,

I am a former co-leader of a group in my community for children who stutter so I have some experience dealing with it.

Stuttering typically begins around the ages 2 1/2 - 5 years old. Your daughter could be experiencing some normal disfluencies that come with an expanded vocabulary, etc. Early intervention is the key, so I would definitely seek out a qualified speech therapist to do an evaluation as soon as possible.

Check out this link: (you may have to paste it in your browser)

http://www.westutter.org/whoWeHelp/paren...

It has some good information about stuttering in younger children (ages 2 to 6) and it gives some tips for what the parents should do. While I know the other parents mean well, I do not agree with telling her to slow down. Let her know that you are listening to WHAT she is saying & not necessarily HOW she is saying it (which I know can be hard at times). Model slow speech yourself & avoid time pressures. Allow her enough time to get out what she needs to say.

Hope this helps a little. :)

Patience - posted on 05/05/2010

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Nancy i don't think your attacking me. And thank you we don't yell to much i have calmed down a lot over the past 3 years. I do beat myself up a lot about my past i am scared about ADD ADHD all the learning disabilities cuz she does have a hard time paying attention.
Leslie By echoing she will say like (I-I-I-I- will g-g-g-g-o) and it will go on for the whole sentence so i am not sure.
To the other moms thank you for the advice.

Gina - posted on 05/04/2010

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hi I don't know what causes it. But i remember years ago when my youngest sister was about 3-5 She had this problem and i am not sure if it was trauma from loosing our Mother at 3 yrs of age or if she was so excited and in such a hurry to get everything out it all got jumbled . But i do know what my Dad and i did . We worked with flash cards so she would learn to say her letters and words slower. If she started studdering we would make her stop take a breath and start again slowly. I left home when she was 8 and she wasn't studdering than . I hope this helps a bit
Gina

Leslie - posted on 05/04/2010

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There is a difference. Is it suddering or echoing. By echoing I mean repeating (studdering) my son is Autistic, I used think it was studdering until around 6 yrs. keep eye on that. Good Luck...(:

Kim - posted on 05/04/2010

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My son started stuttering 6 months ago. It progressively got worse and I finally took him to the doctors. He is going to be evaluated by a speech therapist, but after talking to her when I initially set up the appointment I'm not concerned. She said that it is normal for children around this age but she also said it may worsen if the child feels pressure when he is trying to speak. Since scheduling the eval I've notice a decrease in the stuttering but I'm still going to take him for the eval just to be safe.

Hooi Bee - posted on 05/04/2010

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My son is facing that problem now. I believe that it is because they think too fast that their speech can't keep up with them. So, when their speech improve or maybe like other mom said, they learn to calm down, then it will be gone !!! :)

Kizzy - posted on 05/04/2010

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You should check to see if your state does early intervention. If the stuttering is truely a problem, she could need speech therapy. Your doctor can administrer a screening to determine if early therapy is needed.

Kimberly - posted on 05/04/2010

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My son started stuttering when he got excited and tried go get his words out so fast, his mouth was moving faster than his brain. He still does this, but not as bad as he used to. If he was having trouble, we would make a sign to him that he needed to slow down and use his inside voice.

I blame his stuttering on the fact that he was the only male in the house, plus...he was/is the youngest! I'd stutter too if I was a boy and had three women with PMS bossing me around!!...lol

Nancy - posted on 05/04/2010

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Don't beat yourself up either becuase what you may have done when you first got pregnant. If that was the cause, the speech later will be a big help to her. Try not to worry.

Nancy - posted on 05/04/2010

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I also want to add that it may also only be the problem is as another said, that she is learning so many words that she can't think of the right thing right away and is going too fast. Just be patient, as I said earlier and help her to slow down.

Nancy - posted on 05/04/2010

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You might not want to hear this, but sometimes a child starts stuttering because she is nervous. It can be caused from parents yelling at her or at each other a lot. If you and your spouse are fighting a lot it may be the reason. or maybe you are yeling at her a lot. I only know this can be one cause. And I don't want you to feel I am attacking you. Just try being very patient with her. Patience is going to make a lot of difference.

Maxine - posted on 05/04/2010

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I think a few mums have already said it. Because they are learning so many new words they try to get them out all too quick. My then 2year old stuttered at about this age but he did grow out of it.Try and get him to slow down and ask him to think what he is going to say before he says it.

Patience - posted on 05/02/2010

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Thank you guys!!! i have tryed telling her to slow down and think of what she is trying to say before she speaks but that doesn't work it seems to make it worse since i just stoped her train of thought. And i have also heard that you can't really do anything before the age of 5. Since it is getting worse i didn't know if it is my fault because for the first month i was pregnant i didn't know and had a huge drug problem. Since i have stoped but have heard that that can cause it also.and of course more learning problems, And if this is just the start of it all but she is very smart for her age

Firebird - posted on 05/01/2010

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My brother had a bit of a stutter when he was little, but with help from the school he got rid of it by the age of 7. In some cases, it happens when the child is trying to speak to fast, so encourage her to speak more slowly and make sure she knows what she's trying to say before she speaks. Also, stutters can be caused by a sudden and sometimes stressful change in a child's life if they're having trouble coping.

Lisa - posted on 05/01/2010

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Most children stutter at around age 2.5 to 4 years it is nothing to worry about at this point in time. Like one mother commented it is usually becaues they have expanded their vocabulary and are excited to talk and talk too fast. Don't bring it to the childs attention or it could get worse. Just be patient. If studdering occurs past age 5 then you must consult a speech pathologist.

Darlene - posted on 05/01/2010

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you can get help from your local school distract! i had a studdering problem as a child my mother got me started in speach as a toddler & now u would never know that i used to studder! the sooner you start speech therapy the better!

Melissa - posted on 05/01/2010

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The only thing I can really say is my daughter only studders if she tries to talk to fast and we have to tell her to slow down and concentrated on what she is saying. But if it is a major problem the pediatrician should be able to direct you to someone that can help. I hope the best for you.

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