Does your child repeat words, sounds or phrases?  Do they seem to get "stuck" when they talk?  Are you worried they may have a stutter?  An assessment with a speech pathologist can determine whether your child is stuttering and can suggest ways to help. Contact us if you would like to find out more.   

Stuttering is a disruption in the flow of speech.  This can be when words, sounds or phrases are repeated or prolonged (stretched out). Sometimes the flow of speech stops altogether (called blocking). Research indicates that stuttering occurs in around 5% of children under the age of five years. Stuttering is not related to the child’s personality or intelligence and is not caused by the way parents interact with their child.  Stuttering can be effectively treated in the preschool years by a speech pathologist. Stuttering is more common in boys than girls, has a genetic link and is thought to be related to the processing of messages in the brain.  The exact cause is unknown.

Stuttering most commonly begins between ages two and five years.  Some children in this age range go through a period of “normal non-fluency”- stuttering that disappears in time without therapy. It is hard to tell which children will grow out of stuttering and which will continue to have difficulties. Any child who is stuttering for 3 to 6 months or more should have an assessment with a speech pathologist, as therapy is most effective in the preschool years.          

Speech pathologists at Talking Matters can assess a child who is stuttering and develop a therapy plan to help the child develop fluent speech as well as supporting the parent in helping their child to speak more fluently. Contact us to make a booking.     


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