Stammering in under 5’s – what can we do to help?

It can feel very worrying for Parents of a child who stammers. We know that lots of children go through a period of stammering in early childhood – about 5%. For 4 out of these 5 children early stammering goes away but it is difficult to predict with certainty which children stammering will go away for. Early advice and help increases the likelihood of a stammer going away.

What does stammering look like? 

Young children who stammer can present in many different ways. For some children, parents see that their child’s talking becomes disfluent after they have developed previously fluent speech. This early type of disfluency can come and go . You may have noticed that your child started to stammer gradually that family noticed developing over time or it can appear all of a sudden and sometimes quite severely. Some children might have some awareness that their speech is disfluent but it is common for a child not to notice their speech disfluency. When your child begins to be disfluent it can be quite a difficult and upsetting time for parents. However, with the right early advice and support, early stammering behaviour often resolves.

You may see lots of little signs that your child is stammering, for example, your child may: 

How we help? 

Speech therapy support begins with a thorough case history and assessment of your child’s language skills. During this process your speech and language therapist will be able to look at risk factors and begin to discuss treatment options with you based on your child’s individual needs. The research evidence tells us that there are a number of factors associated with the onset of early childhood stammering rather than there being a ‘cause’. We do know for certainty that parents do not cause their child to stammer. Research evidence also tells us, however, that parents play a crucial role in supporting their child to regain fluency.W

Please contact us on 03300882298 to speak to a friendly member of our team about how we can support you and your child.

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