Most children will stammer at one stage or another. It can happen when they’re especially excited, or anxious about a situation. But how can you tell if it’s just a phase or something that you need to look into further? And when should a Speech and Language Therapist get involved?
You should consider bringing your child to a Speech and Language Therapist if your child displays the following behaviour:
- The child’s stammering has lasted for more than six months
- It continues after the child is five years old
- Stammering is accompanied by muscle tension in the face and upper body
- The voice rises in pitch with repetitions
- It interferes with the child’s schoolwork
- The child has a fear of places and situations
What should I do if I notice my child stammering?
- Maintain eye contact
- Do not finish their sentences for them
- Convey that you are listening to what is being said, not how it is being said
- Model slow, relaxed speech
Ways to encourage your child to speak
- Say that it is ok to stammer
- Try to make it clear that stammering does not bother you
- Provide opportunities to talk
- Praise your child for talking
Where can I get help?
There are many resources available to help you deal with any concerns you might have about your child’s speech. Those listed below are worth a visit/read.
Irish Stammering Association
Originally posted 2014-07-31 15:12:34.