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Stuttering and children


Alternative names

Hesitation with repetition or spasmodic stumbling while speaking.

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Question:
What do you do for a young child who occasionally stutters?

Answer:
Most children outgrow the problem, which is often triggered by stress , fatigue , or excitement . Stuttering can also be triggered if the child feels rushed, self-conscious, or pressured.

Listen patiently to your child, make eye contact, don't interrupt, ignore the stuttering, and show love and acceptance. If the stuttering continues longer than 6 months, the "blocked" speech lasts several seconds, or if the child shows obvious facial tension when stuttering, seek professional help. See preschooler development .

Update Date: 5/24/2002

Elizabeth Hait, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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