Conditions

Stammering

Stammering

Stammering or stuttering can cause real distress for affected kids, especially as they grow older and struggle with the condition at school. Researchers believe it’s at least partly genetic, but often there’s no single cause, and there’ll be times and situations when your child’s stammer is much worse than others.

Everyone’s experience of the condition is different, but stammering makes it difficult to form words or phrases fluently. Serious stammering affects around five per cent of children but 20 per cent suffer to some degree. It usually becomes apparent between two and five years old, and boys are more likely to stammer than girls. In some kids the condition passes naturally, but others have to work hard to overcome it.

The first sign that your child may be developing a stammer is a general awkwardness with speech. Some kids struggle with certain sounds or syllables. For others saying anything at all is hard. There’ll be pauses, repetition, stumbling over certain words, it’ll be difficult for them to get to the end of a statement and their speech may seem to lack that sense of rhythm and purpose that most of us take for granted. The condition may be worse when talking to strangers, or in a new or anxious situation.

So if it’s clear your child is developing a stammer, what can you do? Your GP can refer you to a speech therapist who’ll be able to look at your child’s own unique condition and recommend a tailored course of exercises and treatments. These can include slowing down your own speech when talking to your child, using short, simple sentences, maintaining eye contact and creating an encouraging atmosphere so your child doesn’t become even more anxious about speaking.

There’s no one-size-fits-all cure for stuttering, but therapy in conjunction with an encouraging, understanding atmosphere at home, can help kids beat the problem. Organisations such as The British Stammering Association are also able to provide additional information, help and support.

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I have a stutter and it gets worse when in class. When I am speaking to my friends, they usually start speaking even when I haven't finished my sentence. It can get quite frustrating.





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hi im stuck, my 4 yr old girl did suffer from glue ear when she was 3 but this has since cleared up, but she is still having major problems with her speech, everything starts with either a G or D, and is still very disorganised with her speech. Was wondering if their could be something else causing it as i can understand my 2yr old better then her please need advice dont now where to go from here??





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My son is almost 2, he doesnt seem to talk, he makes noises but is not forming words, he is my 2nd son and my 1st son started talking very early, should i see a doctor or is he just lazy?





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i am also suffering from this desease. plz help me..............





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my little sister is 9 and she stutters alot and when she went to her school asemberly and she stuttered her words and then every one laughed at her :'-(





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my son is 3 in june and cant talk properly he cant say his Cs and more and everything begins with a D like car he says dar and that can you help me please





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Have you had his hearing checked recently? Could possibly be something like glue ear, which effects low frequency sounds. My daughter has a permanent high frequency hearing loss & glue ear which was picked up at birth, and we have seen similar speech problems. Worth an appointment with your GP, who would make a hospital referral to have it properly checked he/she felt it necessary.

My little boy is 3 and a half and has a stammer.Early intervention is key, as soon as the stammering begins try and get referred to a Speech and Language Therapist. There is no magic cure for stammering but therapys can help! Have a look on the British Stammering Association Website they are FANTASTIC!! And most importantly try not to worry.





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I had a stammer at school - I used to hate speaking in class because I was embarrassed





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