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Stuttering in Toddlers

  1. Kileyrules profile image76
    Kileyrulesposted 4 years ago

    What methods can one employ to eliminate stuttering in toddlers? if any at all.

    1. JanTutor profile image87
      JanTutorposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Kiley,
      Sorry to hear about your concerns regarding your daughter. I have a 4 year old daughter and understand your concerns.

      If you take nothing from what I go on to say PLEASE, PLEASE take this - parents do not cause stuttering! Secondly stuttering is most often out grown. But you don't have to listen to me - I've just spoken with a friend who had a similar problem and she suggests that you contact http://www.stammering.org/parents_help.html

      I have produced Hubs about language in younger children and your question has inspired me to research the subject of stuttering and if I can do justice, to produce a Hub on the subject.

      In the meantime I can only advise that you continue as you are i.e. that you look forward to the result of any medical enquiries rather than question why this has happened to your daughter. Oh and as for my friend's son - there's absolutely no sign of the stutter that a few years ago had my friend crying herself to sleep.

      Wishing you all the best,

      Jan

      1. Kileyrules profile image76
        Kileyrulesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Jantutor thanks again for your concern. I really do appreciate it. I will be awaiting your hub on this topic!

  2. leahlefler profile image97
    leahleflerposted 4 years ago

    Hi Kiley,

    Has your child been evaluated by a speech-language pathologist? If you are in the United States, your state's early intervention program will provide a free screening for speech and language problems. If your child qualifies, free or low-cost therapy will be provided (some states provide free early intervention programs and others use a sliding-scale and charge a low fee). It is always good to mention the stuttering to your pediatrician as well. Stuttering is not uncommon in the preschool years, but it should always be evaluated.

    1. Kileyrules profile image76
      Kileyrulesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you Leahlefler for your contribution. However I do not reside in the US. I actually took her to her pediatrician who said maybe she'll grow out of it in a couple of years. I'll check out the speech-language pathologist. Thanks again.

      1. leahlefler profile image97
        leahleflerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I wish I had knowledge of global speech-language therapy resources. I have friends in the UK and Australia, so I know how to get hold of resources in those countries - but my resource knowledge stops there.

        You could try getting her to sing, as many people will stop stuttering when they sing a phrase rather than speak it. Most of the time, young children simply can't keep up with their thoughts, and the stuttering is developmental. She'll probably grow out of it, but it is good that you have informed her pediatrician so they can monitor over time.

        How old is your daughter? Activities and suggestions would vary by age. I have a six year old son who struggled with a form of verbal apraxia and my younger son (age 5) is deaf. We've had a rather long haul in the speech therapy world, lol - my older son's speech issues are completely gone now and he is very articulate.

    2. Kileyrules profile image76
      Kileyrulesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I was also told that stuttering can develop in children whose parents speak quickly, my husband is quite a "moto-mouth"  Do you think if we made a constant effort to slow down our speech that may help her?

      1. TeachableMoments profile image84
        TeachableMomentsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        My daughter was diagnosed as having Speech Disfluency at the age of 4. The therapist said it is quite normal in young children and usually occurs when there is an explosion of new knowledge. It may come and go during their childhood, but eventually they grow out of it. Now, at the age of 5, my daughter's speech disfluency has all but disappeared. Hope this helps.

  3. Kileyrules profile image76
    Kileyrulesposted 4 years ago

    Ok. That is very comforting, thank you for your response.

  4. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 4 years ago

    I would also recommend paying close attention to self esteem once school starts. kids can be cruel sad best help I gave my nephew was telling him to slow down. Sometimes our thoughts run faster than our mouths, imagine that yikes tongue  smile

    1. Kileyrules profile image76
      Kileyrulesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That is what i was concerned about. but i guess the best thing is to supposrt her in any way that i can.

 
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