Stuttering in Children: A Brief Guide for Parents

At the age of three and four, children begin to stammer out in the speech and language skills. It’s just a normal stage in speech development, which young children are constantly repeated, not hesitate and mispronounce words, sounds and syllables. This is a temporary phase, the so-called pseudo-normal disfluency or stuttering that occurs in the children learn how to speak properly. Parents have reason to worry because the kids will eventually outgrow this stage a few months.


Until now, the exact cause of speech disfluency of children are still a number of studies. However, there are factors which might cause speech disorders in children, such as genetics and the operational mechanisms of the brain responsible for speech, the nerves and muscles.


Stuttering children becomes a cause for concern, showing no signs of improvement after six months since the beginning of stuttering. The following are signs every parent must pay attention to:

• The frequent repetition of a particular syllable (eg “Mom, I need chocolate cho-cho-cho.”)

• tendency to pronounce particular sounds a long way (eg, “I CCCCCC wwwwatch TV?”)

• replacement of the vowel when repeating certain syllables. (Eg “My WUH-WUH-wuhsh my feet.”)

• Change the tone and pitch when the child is stuck on the word

• avoid talking about fear of getting embarrassed

How to Help Children Overcome condition

As a parent, you have to make life a little easier for children and reduce the struggles she must endure while going through stages of speech disfluency. Here are tips to help your child cope with the language problem:

• abstain asking too many questions about the child. Small children can easily speak more clearly, when allowed to express themselves, but the questions often.

• Do not react negatively, or scold your child if he or she stutters. That the child feels like it is more then just stutter, their conscious. Just listen, and show a neutral reaction, or simply smiled. In addition, avoid the urge to complete or correct the sentence to the child. Let him express the message without interruption.

• After the children finished the sentence, saying it again in a slow way to let him know that he understood the message.

• Talk to your child a moderate pace. This train the child to speak quietly, but hastened to say things. In addition, pay attention to what the child says. If you look, as if in a hurry, talk to the child is usually faster to keep up with you.

• Encourage, but do not force the child to talk. Thus, the child learns to be confident when speaking. If the child says a sentence is complete and accurate, praise him.

A child needs a caring, understanding, and support to deal with stuttering. Give your child the assurance that he will not punish him any trouble. Thus it will be easier to talk to children outgrow the problem.

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