My preschool child is stuttering, what should I do?
When your preschool child suddenly begins to stutter it can be alarming. One day they are talking just fine and then next, they can’t seem to get their words or sentences out. Most preschoolers go through a period of stuttering as they learn to speak. The amount of stuttering that a child has is not a sign that they will keep stuttering.So before you panic, here are some of the risk factors that a Speech Language Pathologist will look at to determine if therapy is warranted.
- Is there a family member who stutters?
- Are there other speech or language issues?
- Does the child avoid certain words or talking?
- Is the child is showing signs of facial grimacing, arm and leg movement, or other movements of their body when stuttering?
- Is the child repeating parts of a word (e.g., “Ge-ge-get some”)?
- Has the child been stuttering for longer than 6 months?
What causes stuttering?
Genetics: 50% of people who stutter have family members who also stutter
Brain Wiring: People who stutter as adults process language differently using both sides of the brain rather than one.
Language Development: Children whose language skills are higher than their motor speech skills are more likely to stutter.
Speech and Language Disorders: Children who have other articulation or language delays are more likely to stutter.
Medications: some allergy medications have been associated with stuttering