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Stuttering is the most common fluency disorder. Children with this disorder tend to display symptoms at a very early age. In fact, 95% of children who stutter begin before the age of five. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, prolonged sounds, words that are produced in struggle, and sound/syllable repetitions.
If you suspect that your child may have this fluency disorder, do not fret. A speech-language pathologist (SLP) can help you and your child throughout this process. They will be able to screen, assess, diagnose, and treat your child, if necessary. Some children
actually recover without ever needing treatment. However, to be certain,
a SLP will need to be seen to conduct an individualized screening. If
treatment is required, it will be thorough and generally include
Children who stutter are least likely to participate in activities that
require pressure to talk. They are also at risk for experiencing
frustration when speaking, bullying, and embarrassment. Therefore,
it is imperative that you provide your child with a supportive
environment to help minimize any negativity that may occur during
daily interactions with peers.
I have compiled a list of three resources that will help you and your child
along this journey. Together, they will improve.
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