Stuttering is a disruption in speech that can include repetitions , prolongations, or blocks (abnormal stoppages). It is a common in children between the ages of 2 and 5. Most children who begin stuttering will stop without any intervention, but 5% of children who begin stuttering will continue for longer than 6 months.
There are many things a parent can do to help a child that stutters.
- Slow your speech.
- Avoid drawing attention to your child’s stuttering .
- Be attentive when your child is speaking .
- Minimize the speaking demands on your child.
- Create fun and relaxed opportunities for talking.
A parent should consult a speech-language pathologist if the above tips do not help, or if stuttering continues. While there is no “cure” for stuttering, there are effective treatments that can help your child overcome it.
For more information about speech conditions, or to be screened by a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist Erin Wark May, call Choice Therapy at 218-444-8280.