What methods can one employ to eliminate stuttering in toddlers? if any at all.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
I would also recommend paying close attention to self esteem once school starts. kids can be cruel best help I gave my nephew was telling him to slow down. Sometimes our thoughts run faster than our mouths, imagine that
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