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How parents can help stuttering children

It might be concerning for parents when their child begins to stutter. But, for the most part, it's nothing to be concerned about.

Stuttering is an extremely common occurrence. In reality, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that 5% to 10% of all children stutter at some point in their lives, mainly between the ages of 2 and 6.

Children who stutter are aware of what they want to say; they simply have difficulty expressing themselves. It is possible to stutter in three main ways: verbal, vocal, and physical.

Children's repetitions, such as when they say a word or parts of a word again and over ("Can I pet your CA-CA-CA-Carrot?").

Extending a sound over an extended amount of time ("Ssssssstep it!") is referred to as a prolongation.

Block, when they are having difficulty expressing themselves verbally.

Stuttering is more common in boys than in girls, and it can be passed down through generations. We are unable to pinpoint the exact cause of the problem. Most likely, it is caused by a mix of circumstances that are unique to each individual child that stutters, as described above.

This speech issue manifests itself most frequently in youngsters who are learning to speak and communicate. Stuttering that is developmental is the more common. A brain injury can result in stuttering, however, this is a significantly less common occurrence. Stuttering is not always caused by psychological issues, contrary to popular belief.

Assisting your child with stuttering

Stuttering, however, can be distressing and stressful for both children and parents. That is why the most effective strategy to handle stuttering is to be patient and helpful. For instance, the NIDCD advises parents of children who stammer to

Before you have a conversation with a sturring child is better to do it in a calm environment: Schedule time each day to catch up with your child and speak slowly and relaxed. Resist the desire to finish your child's phrases or sentences; let them finish. Concentrate on the message's content rather than its delivery method.

To the degree possible, disregard the stuttering; nevertheless, if your child brings it up or appears to be concerned by it, be receptive and accepting. Recognize that it is occurring, but assure your child that it is normal and they should not be concerned. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers additional recommendations on how parents can assist toddlers and preschoolers with stuttering.

When to seek additional assistance with stuttering

The majority of stuttering resolves on its own within six months; 75 percent of children who stutter completely quit. If you have concerns, you should consult your physician or a speech-language pathologist.

Stuttering has persisted for more than six to twelve months.

Stuttering began after the age of three to four years, as this may increase the likelihood that it will continue.

The intensity or frequency of the stuttering has grown; there is a family history of stuttering that has persisted into early childhood, and your kid is distressed or frustrated by the stuttering.


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