Stuttering in toddlers

stutters my child? –

Stutters my child?

The parcel service rings at the door. Mom opens the door and takes a package. Tom storms excitedly at his mom:
"What, what is, what is it there?" Asks the child. Mom says it’s a package from Grandpa. Tom asks with excitement, “i-i-is there chocolate in the chocolate? Or a game – um – I mean car? "

The mother is shocked and tries to hide this from the child. This morning her three-year-old spoke quite normally. Now it sounds like stuttering.
Thousands of future fears and questions circle uncoordinated in her head:

  • Will your child ever speak properly again??
  • Tom is now being teased in kindergarten?
  • If the speech impairment makes him behave abnormally?
  • How do I answer questions from our environment??
  • Tom will still be able to learn a good job?

The mother tries desperately to make herself clear again that maybe it could only be a phase. Then she remembers a girl from Tom’s kindergarten who also stutters: maybe he took it over from her?

Tom’s mother tries to push the thoughts away and deal with her son as normally as possible.
At lunchtime at the bakery Tom asks loudly: "War, get, can I get a Bre-Bre-Pretzel?"
The seller and all of the bystanders look at mother and child visibly irritated.
Tom’s mother doesn’t know how to behave.

What are developmental liquids when speaking??

Between the ages of two and four and a half, some children experience phases in their language development, in which they sometimes repeat parts of the sentence, words or syllables or pause to find the right word or to be able to structure the sentence correctly. It also happens that from time to time they pull individual initial letters a little longer. These uncertainties in the language process can be completely normal.

So: It’s not all stuttering that sounds superfluous! When young children speak in the manner described above, there is no stuttering yet. You can support your child in gaining positive experiences in communication: should speak have fun, should be voluntary, should be allowed to accompany your own actions spontaneously. Chattering to yourself should be allowed as well as "unfinished" or "incorrect" speech. It is particularly important to consolidate or develop the child’s ability to speak. With an ever increasing speech activity, the exercise possibilities and the wealth of experience of the child grow: it learns to use language more and more safely and to become more fluent in communication.

How should I or my surroundings react to the needless speaking??

Parents should pay attention to what the child says rather than the external shape (as it says something).
You should therefore respond to your child’s statements as normally as possible.
That means

  • do not interrupt the child
  • not to point out or correct the child’s mistakes
  • no advice such as B. "Speak slower", "Take a deep breath"
  • not justify oneself

What to do when speech immunity increases?

If the developmental speech fluids persist for a long time or intensify, a medical and speech therapy consultation is advisable.
You can recognize stuttering by the fact that frequent repetitions of sounds and syllables occur (eg "egg-egg-egg-one" or "k-k-k-can").
There may also be prolonged sound or syllable stretches (e.g. "aaaaaaaber") or blockages or phases of pressing appear because the child cannot utter certain sounds easily.

There are also children who stutter right from the start?

Some young children start to stutter really hard from day to day, as in Tom’s case.
For example, there are many repetitions of sounds and syllables.
If the parents manage to deal with the situation relatively relaxed at first, the child can be observed for a few weeks.
If the child’s environment is too unsettled or the child has already developed a sense of disorder, we recommend a speech therapy after consultation with the doctor consultation.

Stutter goes away on its own?

In 60-80% of children, speaking becomes completely fluent again. Especially in young children, stuttering can disappear as suddenly as it occurred.

At what age can speech therapy help??

Speech therapy is possible from 2 years. There are targeted age-appropriate examination and therapy methods for this.
Because only when 3% of all spoken syllables are changed in the above-mentioned manner is it true stuttering.


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