Is Your Child at Rise of Stuttering?
If your child is repeating, blocking (sounds get stuck), or hesitating when she speaks, you may be wondering about the risk of stuttering. Disfluencies (breaks in the rhythm of speech) are expected and normal from ages 2 to 7 when you child is developing speech and language skills.
If any of the following characteristics occur, your child may be at risk for stuttering:
- using many part-word repetitions (“ba-ba-ba-ba-ball”)
- prolonging sounds (“sssssssome”)
- avoiding speaking situations or saying “I can’t say it”
- looking upset
- speaking with tension of the face and neck muscles or tension in the voice
- speaking with unexpected rises in the pitch or loudness of the voice
If you notice some of the above behaviors on a consistent basis, consult a child to a speech-language pathologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of stuttering of an evaluation.
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