Stuttering: When should I be concerned?

Jordan - posted on 07/08/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son has always had problems with certain letters, but nothing out of the ordinary. He's very articulate for his age; pretty easy to understand. But within the past week, I've noticed that he's been repeating different letters, and it's a pretty pronounced stutter. I don't want to be a worry wart, and my mother and grandmother told me that it's probably just his mind working faster than his mouth can get the words out. And I trust then, but I worry. Anyone have any advice, similar situation, ect.

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Michele - posted on 04/13/2012

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My daughter just started stuttering today. It like happened over night. I just read what everybody said about their kids and stuttering, so I guess I'll just keep an eye on her and see if it goes away.

Danielle - posted on 07/22/2010

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my son is also a toddler and just started stuttering. i went to the doctor today for his check up and he gave me a paper with his age group developments and you know it said that this age babies will stutter? i couldn't believe it! I was just having this same issue and the paper said not to bring attention to it and it will pass on it's own. i wouldn't worry about it for now. hope this helps you!

Sarah - posted on 07/11/2010

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Hey Jordan! I'm an adult who stutters, but I started stuttering later than your son (around age 8). I've done some volunteer work with young kids who stutter.

Like others have said, the stuttering could be a developmental thing. It is common for kids around your son's age to stutter, since he is learning how to use more advanced speech. For now, I would just keep your eye on it & speak to his doctor at his 3 year checkup.

Here's some advice I have about what you can do for him now:

A lot of people try to get their kids to slow down their speech and to think before they talk. I actually have the opposite advice. I would try to show him you're listening to "what" he says rather than "how" he says it. I know it's hard, but try to avoid telling him to slow down or think before he speaks.

Give him plenty of time to say what he needs to say, with no interruptions. Try to model slow, easy, relaxed speech yourself when you are talking or reading to him.

Keep a consistent routine with him as best you can.

Most kids grow out of that "stuttering phase" but some continue to stutter. If your doctor recommends starting him in speech therapy, do it as early as possible. Early intervention is great when working with young kids who stutter. Good luck! Hope I helped a little. :)

Amanda - posted on 07/11/2010

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My daughter went through a similar thing at about 3 years old and then again at about 3 1/2 years old. Like you mentioned, it seemed as if overnight she developed a stutter whereas before that she had always spoken very clearly and was an "early talker". When i spoke to my early childhood nurse she said that it was common for this to happen just before an expansion in vocabulary. I also did the same as you, telling her to slow down and think about what she needed to say before she said it. The stutter dissapeared just as quickly as it appeared!

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Jordan - posted on 07/16/2010

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Thank you all so much!! Go figure, as soon as I posted this, I noticed he wasn't really doing it as much. And now, I feel kind of silly. I will make sure to have his doctor listen to him. Thank you so much for the support!

Yvonda - posted on 07/11/2010

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my daughter did the same thing when she was 2, I didnt make a big deal out of it and she stopped in a few months, but I agree Pamela, have the pediatrician listen to his speech at his next well baby check. Good luck :)

Jacqueline - posted on 07/11/2010

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i agree with Pam. my son had similar problems, particularly to pronounce words with the ch, wh sound.my family agreed that perhaps he would out grow it, and as a mom you feel your child is perfect, i understood everything he would say but noticed others couldn't. i finally had his pediatrician check his speech. he was sent to see a speech pathologist, she helped improve his speech very well, i later realized that if i had not come to my senses my son would have probably struggled more in school when he started. he is now 8 and his speech has greatly improved. he just graduated from speech therapy this year and it never effected his self esteem which was my greatest fear for him to think something was wrong himself or that he was any different.

Jordan - posted on 07/08/2010

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I've noticed it's more with the W and G and D. Sometimes it's because he's excited, but then the other times, it's just because. He'll be going in for his 3 year check up next month. It just worried me because it seemed like it happened over night. I try to tell him to slow down, and to take a breath before he starts talking.

Pamela - posted on 07/08/2010

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I saw that Evan is still a toddler. Fluency issues are common at this age. Watch when it happens. Is it certain letters or just when he is excited? When he goes in for his 3 year check up, have the pediatrician listen to his speech. I tend to agree with your family but keep an eye on it because early intervention can be helpful with speech issues.

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