Stuttering is a condition that most people are aware of. They know it mostly by the repetition of sounds at the start of sentences. However, stuttering can also present as:
- Repeating whole words or short phrases
- Using filler words like “um” and “like” repetitively
- Prolonging sounds at the start and within words
- Trying to make a sound but having no air coming out, like the air flow has been blocked
- Making facial grimaces or expressions of frustration when unable to say the word/sentence.
This condition affects approximately 5% of children (Jones et al., 2005). The cause is unknown, but there are some indicators we do know. It usually presents in preschool years and can be more apparent when a child is tired, sick, excited or anxious. Of those children that do develop a stutter, some will recover naturally, however it is difficult to tell whether a child will or not.
Stuttering is very treatable at a preschool and early school age with evidence-based programs available. As a child gets older it can become more difficult to treat, and stuttering can become chronic which can impact them socially and emotionally (Jones et al., 2005).
If you are concerned your child may be stuttering it can be useful to talk with a speech pathologist about it. A speech pathologist will be able to diagnose stuttering and work with you to implement a plan for treatment.
Reference: Jones, M., Onslow, M., Packman, A., Williams, S., Ormond, T., Schwarz, I., & Gebski, V. (2005). Randomised control trial of the Lidcombe programme of early stuttering intervention, BMJ, 331:659.
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Working with a speech pathologist is beneficial.
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