Stuttering – H&S Education & Parenting
Stuttering In Children
Signs & Symptoms
- Prolongation of sounds, syllables, or words
- Repetition of sounds, syllables, or words
- Addition of an extra word
- Broken words or lots of pauses
- Inability to start speaking- blocked speech
- Anxiety or stress about talking
- Stuttering could be accompanied by rapid eye blinking, tremors of jaw or lips, tics, head jerking, clenching of fists
The above could get worse especially when the child is tired, stressed, or excited. Most of the time stuttering will disappear when speaking to oneself.
When To See A Doctor Or A Speech-Language Pathologist?
What Can You Do As Parents To Help Your Child Who Stutters?
As parents, you need to be supportive as it is important for the child who stutters to feel accepted and supported by the people he/she look up to the most. If you know your child has a stutter, get the right help before it gets too late, as early intervention can most of the time keep the stuttering from continuing to adulthood. Talk to your child’s doctor as he/she will be the best guide to teach you how to deal with a child who stutters for example rewarding the child when he/she speaks without a stutter and how to be patient through the process.