Does your child struggle with a stutter? Are you wondering when you should reach out to a professional for help?
Stuttering is a disorder affecting the forward flow of speech. It can be characterized by repetitions (e.g., c-c-can…, why-why-why not?), prolongations (e.g., sssssso…), or blocks, in which the person affected is trying to produce a word or sound, but nothing comes out. According to The Stuttering Foundation, stuttering affects about 1% of the world’s population.
Stuttering typically starts in childhood and can affect both children and adults. Many children go through periods of “typical disfluency”, especially between 2-4 years old, or during the time that they are experiencing a burst in their language skills. Disfluencies are those breaks in the forward flow of speech, which can take the form of repetitions, prolongations, or blocks. Since this is fairly common in early childhood, parents often wonder, “How do I know if my child will grow out of this?” and “When should I seek professional help?”
Here are 4 factors to consider:
If one or more of these factors indicates a need for further evaluation, you can contact Emerge Pediatric Therapy to learn more about our services, fill out our initial inquiry form! The good news is that, given effective and timely treatment, most children who stutter are able to overcome their stuttering.
Written by: Kelly Goad, MA, CCC-SLP