Here are some simple, practical tips to deal with stuttering in your toddler.
By Ram Shankar
When a child has difficulty speaking and tends to repeat syllables, sounds or words, or hesitates to speak, she may be suspected to suffer from a stutter. Even a suspicion of their child stuttering can cause many parents lose their sleep, but it is not such a serious problem. In fact, in most children, stuttering is a part of the learning process of putting words together to form sentences. This article tries to shed some light on stuttering in toddlers.
Yes, stuttering is normal among toddlers aged 2–3; but, most of the toddlers will outgrow the problem without any help from others. If your toddler continues to stutter for more than three months and it affects the quality of communication, then it is time for you to seek medical help.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 1 in 20 children stutter at some point, mostly between ages 2 and 3. Boys are more likely to stutter than girls.
Stuttering can occur because of many reasons. Children usually stutter when they have trouble learning the normal timing and rhythm of speech or think faster than they speak. In such cases, children tend to repeat the words for continuity. Stuttering increases when the child falls ill or becomes anxious or excited.
Talk to your paediatrician if your toddler tends to be very self-conscious, tensed, and frequently repeats sounds or parts of words. When the stuttering is persistent and starts to become severe, speech therapy may be needed to correct the problem.
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