stuttering son

Candace - posted on 10/30/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son is 9 and has stuttered for several years. However, the past year has been even worse. Speaking is so hard for him and he gets so frustrated. It not only effects him, but also effects the entire family. He has been in speech therapy since he was an infant. Nothing has helped and I'm looking for any ideas or suggestions.

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User - posted on 11/10/2012

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My son is 17 and has stuttered since the age of of 31/2. We have used the school speech pathalogist. One thing is stutters go n cycles they may barely or not stutter for a few months than bam it's back. Just b patient . I would like to say this my sons is in FFA and does public speaking he has won state contest, he doesn't stutter during his speech due to his rhythm . He has to start memorizing months b4. Just b patient and do research to c how u can help. I learned not to finish wordS, don't say hurry up. R speech pathalogist told us once a stutter always a stutter.

Melissa - posted on 12/09/2009

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hi, I just joined this group and shedding tears reading all this. My little boy who was 3 is sept all of a sudden 1 day in October couldnt say a freaking sentence. What the hell? Its bad for a few weeks, ok for a few days...my stomach is in knots all the time. Everyone says he'll grow out of it. I dont get it.

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Jusana - posted on 09/13/2012

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my son stutters he is 41/2 he gets frustrated and uses hitting towards others to get there attention he just started kindergarten and well i dont know what to do i had him evaluated when he was in preschool and they had a speech work with him , it worked for a little bit but now im back to square one ugh i just want whats best for my son

Candace - posted on 12/15/2009

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I actually haven't looked into other therapies other than traditional speech therapy. My son has several other issues (autism, developmental delay, ADHD, etc). I'm not sure what started the stuttering but I can't believe how hard it is for him to talk. It's hard to believe there isn't something out there that can make it go away. It's hard to believe doctors can't figure out why people stutter. Listening to him talk is so frustrating because it can take such a long time for him to get out one word. I find myself multi-tasking while he's talking because I don't have tons of time to listen (I have two girls under the age of 2!). I have also heard the same thing about the stuttering coming and going is a good thing. Kids will try to cope with the stuttering - either by making body movements or by making weird sounds before certain letters to help get them over a stutter. My son rocks and makes an 'A' sound before most words. They are bad coping mechanisms and it's hard to get him, if not impossible, to stop. Once he started stuttering, we got him to a speech therapist right away. He was already receiving other therapies so we got in quickly. I love your positive outlook. I hope your son's stuttering goes away. I can only imagine how frustrating it is for him. Keep the positive outlook - but don't set super high expectations. If the stuttering doesn't go away, there are therapies to make speaking easier. I hope you also have a Merry Christmas.

Melissa - posted on 12/12/2009

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it definetly comes and goes. the first 2 days were the worst, not bad for a few weeks, came back, went away, so on....I have an appt on Jan 11th. first available. which would make it 3-4 months of stuttering. Have you looked into any "homeopathic" ideas ?? food allergies ?? hypnosis?? there is so much info online... I just dont understand how it could be all of a sudden. he's defintly not slow in any way. Was your son a "normal talker" up until 3 ? I was told that when it comes and goes its a good thing, and early help is good. How long did you wait before you got speech therapy. My friends son stutterd for 4 yrs and it went away. bless you and your beautiful son. Merry Christmas.

Candace - posted on 12/10/2009

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My son was the same way. Several years ago his stuttering would come and go. Some summers he wouldn't have any speech problems at all. At other times, you couldn't understand him. Some days were better than others. Now, he stutters all the time. It can take several minutes just to get one sentence out of him. It's difficult to try not to finish his sentences for him (which we aren't suppose to do). We've tried the "slow and easy" talking but that doesn't help. We looked into the "speech easy" device but insurance doesn't cover it (it can cost over $500 and may not even work). It's soooo frustrating. I totally understand Melissa. We, too, were told he would outgrow it. He is almost 11 now and not outgrowing it. In fact, it's getting worse. He has a speech therapist at school and a private speech therapist who works on how he forms his words rather than the stuttering. Is your son seeing a speech therapist yet or has one been recommended?

Tina - posted on 01/22/2009

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My son is almost 8 and has had a stutter/stammer since he was 3 years old. He was an early talking and was speaking clearly and fluently by the time he was 18 months old. He has had speech therapy 3 times now and it has not helped. 2 of the courses totally contradicted each other. 1 was telling us to bring hois attention to it and make him say the word/sentace again correctly and also praise when he was speaking well. The other told us to totally ignore it and concentrate on our own speech to make sure we are doing all we can for him.



Im not sure wether it is more down to the fact that he is quite a nervous/Anxious boy as the speech problem does come and go, he can speak clearly for a good while then get so bad that i cannot even understand him. His speech tends to get worse when he is nervous or excited about Christmas or birthdays or going away on holiday.



It is very frustrating and i dread the day when children start making fun out of him as he is will not stick up for himself.

Tammy - posted on 11/15/2008

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It is so nice to hear that schools do get involved and get kids help they need, Up until a year ago Brody only said 1-2 word sentences, he was at an 18 month level, The more he couldn't speak, the more frustrated he got and that is when he started to stutter. The only thing that I found to help him, and because he is so young was to keep telling him to slow down. It has worked for him and he is starting to stutter less. I have him in Kindergarten and he will do 2 years before going on to grade one. I how you feel about being frustrated, It is extremely frustrating for us moms cause we can't make it go away. Most of Brody's issues now are phonological because of the missing teeth, but i notice when he is trying extra hard to say something that is when stuttering kick in. He is working with a speech therapist every 2 weeks and that is helpful but i still feel helpless sometimes......

Candace - posted on 11/15/2008

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My son's school works hard with him. He has gone to speech therapy at school since he was in pre-school. He also receives therapy outside of school. Even with all the intervention, he continues to get worse. He had an 8 week break from therapy during the summer and even that didn't help. I feel bad for getting so frustrated. It's not his fault. I just wish I could make it go away. Thanks for responding. Does your son stutter too?

Tammy - posted on 11/13/2008

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Hi Candace, my name is Tammy. I too have a child with a speech problem, even though he is only 4 I know exactly what you are going through! Brody fell and knocked out 2 teeth at the age of 18 months and quit talking for about 5 months. I have put him in Kindergarten a year early through the PUF program and it is totally helping him, I know your son is older, is the school doing anything to help you out? I know my school has been fantastic in helping me get to resources that aren't available outside of schools. If all else fails and you just need to talk, send me a message

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