Fluency Disorders & Stammering
Stuttering most often occurs in children as they are developing language.
Children might repeat sounds, words, or phrases, they might stretch sounds out or tense up and nothing comes out at all.
In more severe situations, some children might show tension, in their eyes or hands for example, as they try to push the sounds out.
Should I be concerned?
A professional opinion from a speech and language therapist is recommended to help determine if treatment is required or if ‘wait and see’ is preferable.
Specific aspects of the stuttered speech will need to be monitored appropriately, which requires the skill of a speech therapist to support you with.
It is important to consider the type of dysfluency, the frequency of occurrence, and duration of the stuttered moment, as well as the impact on a child’s social development and emotional well-being.
A speech and language therapist can help you to monitor these aspects of your child’s speech and determine if therapy is required.