October 20, 2015
If your child is having difficulty speaking, if they are repeating certain syllables, words or phrases, if they are prolonging them, or stopping and making no sounds for certain syllables, it’s possible they may have a stuttering problem. Many young kids go through a stage between the ages of 2 and 5 when they stutter. In many cases, stuttering goes away on its own by age 5 as this could mean that your child is simply going through periods of normal disfluency, which most children experience as they are learning to speak.
Stuttering is a form of disfluency — an interruption in the flow of speech. If you think your child has a stuttering problem, first and foremost, don’t blame yourself. It is not your fault. Research has shown that there are many factors likely to lead to stuttering and, although we do not know the exact cause of stuttering, it’s essentially a problem with the way the brain’s messages interact with the muscles and body parts needed to speak.
You may first notice signs of stuttering when your child is around 18-24 months old. This is about the time children begin to put sentences together as their vocabulary grows and they start to develop their communication skills. During this time the stuttering may come and go – happening more sporadically than consistently.
However, for a child who has been stuttering for a longer period of time than a year, the likelihood that he or she will outgrow it without any speech therapy is minimized. If your child’s stuttering is frequent, it continually gets worse and it is accompanied by body and/or facial movements, you may want to seek an evaluation by a speech language therapist.
At Epic Health Services, our speech-language pathologists will evaluate, consult and help children communicate better. Our professionally trained speech therapists have treated thousands of children to overcome speech development difficulties. Our therapy services for children include, but are not limited to:
- Articulation and phonological processes
- Fluency disorders
- Language form / sentence construction
- Language content / vocabulary
Deciding whether to take your child to speech therapy can be a difficult decision, but an important step in helping your child. Speech therapy will help your child learn strategies to help them stutter less and become more confident in their speaking skills. Contact us for more information about our pediatric speech therapy services for children.
On October 22nd Epic Health Services joins many organizations, such as the National Stuttering Association (NSA), to help raise awareness about stuttering within our community. Whether you are a person who stutters, a family member or a friend, join us in acknowledging this special day and spreading the word!