3 Year old stuttering...should I be concerned?

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My son is turning 3 this week and has just started stuttering with in the last few weeks. It seems to be getting worse as the days go on. Should I be concerned?

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Gigi - posted on 01/10/2013

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My daughter had a period of few weeks (a bit before she turned 3) during which she stuttered. It wasn't bad, though. I was concerned, but then it stopped. What we did was to be very patient and just let her finish her sentence with some prompting if she really got stuck on something and if we knew what she wants to say.

Cecilia - posted on 01/09/2013

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http://children.webmd.com/guide/how-to-h...

"It is not uncommon for a child between the ages of 2 and 5 to have a period of temporary stuttering. This is a crucial time of speech and language development. The stutter may persist for a couple of weeks or months."

"Experts agree that if your child is over 3 years old and has been stuttering for three to six months, you should probably seek a speech evaluation. That's because your stuttering child may have more than a temporary developmental problem. Find a speech therapist who specializes in stuttering. The therapist can help you decide whether or not your child needs intervention."

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Cecilia - posted on 01/09/2013

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i'd say probably not. They have proven that the more you try to correct it the more aware they become of it and it actually makes it worse. If it concerns you call the doctor. I can't think of any medical disorder that could cause it, but i'm not a doctor either. If it does get too bad they can refer him to a speech therapist.

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