Is it Okay For Kids To Stammer In Early Stages?

Many kids undergo a stage called DEVELOPMENTAL STAMMERING. it's due to wanting to get out of their thoughts and not having the vocabulary they need to convey it.

Hi… Mummies And Dadies…

Parenthood is considered as the most amazing journey of life with of course lots of new responsibilities. In this part of life, you relive your childhood, and with every single day discover new memories that are cherished for a lifetime.

Right from the birth children are constantly learning and more often than not they fail at these simple endeavors. Not only mothers but fathers and other family members are also excited to see their babies reaching small milestones and goals slowly and steadily. For the same reason the first steps, the first smile, and the first word of a baby are celebrated…

When it comes to the first word, it could be whatever the child wants it to be as a baby cannot form words, and it’s likely to be a variant of “Mama”. Because those are the sounds that babies make repetitively.

Why My Baby Has Started Stammering Suddenly?

You could be left baffled to notice your child stammering suddenly after being a fluent and smooth speaker. You need to know that every child is special, and stammering is not a big deal. Yes, you must be concerned as a parent. But do not approach the issue negatively. All children are different and so are their milestones. There are a couple of reasons why your child has started stammering.

One of the reasons might be that the child is a stammerer. And which is completely curable though it might take some time.

The other is more common in kids as it is a part of normal child development, especially seen in males. Many kids undergo a stage called DEVELOPMENTAL STAMMERING. This can happen when there is a mismatch between the demand for verbal output versus actual verbal competence. In other words, when the kid is processing what he/she wants to say at a much faster rate than their little body muscles can actually move.

Usually, it’s due to wanting to get out of their thoughts and not having the vocabulary they need to convey it. As if their thoughts are running faster than their ability to speak. Oral muscles control sometimes lads behind mental developments and kids struggle with communicating all the exciting things they want to share effectively.

Part of the problem is that, in the months between one’s second and third birthday, one tries to speak sentences that are longer and more complex and more fluently. And the child’s oral-motor coordination doesn’t always catch up with this development until later. One should ensure that the child is unaware of his speech problem. Since stammering is linked with emotions one faulty step of trying to make him/her aware of his speech will ruin his/her confidence.

How To Cure It / Role As A Parent

Your kid cannot control the fact that he/she is going to stutter or stammer. None of us can. If you tell him or her to simply stop, your kid will lose confidence and more likely just stop talking in an effort to comply.

It seems plausible that children, who are constantly reminded that they are stuttering. And how they are talking is wrong may develop more tense stammering patterns, as the kid fight stuttering more in an effort to be smooth, creating undesired secondary behaviors.

Thus it is recommended to be patient with your child. Give him/her your full attention when they are talking. Refrain from finishing their sentences. Avoid firing questions at them. Let them know with your body language that you want you to hear them.

Moreover, play a game i.e., positive reinforcement. Every time your kid speaks without stuttering. Make sure he/she know that he/she is doing well. And the more the kid speak without stammering. The more you give him/her recognition for it. This will for sure increase the self-confidence of your kid, as every person’s desire is to be seen as ‘good’ by their peers/family.

Just remember to stay positive. Because any negative comment regarding the stutter will cause to it worsen, as well as hinder the kid’s self-confidence and willingness to speak.

Try The Following Activities To Cure Stuttering

1. Read a lot to your child.

2. Engage him/her in a conversation and avoid completing the sentences for him/her.

3. Try limiting screen times and make more time for personal or group conversations.

4. Don’t demotivate whether he/she is saying unclear or incorrect. Tell the surrounding people to do the same.

5. Defend your kids unconditionally if anybody gives them trouble about stuttering.

6. Try to speak slowly, encourage people around the child to also do the same.

7. Make sure you spend some time alone with your kid every day, try to have a one-to-one discussion with proper eye contact.

8. Ensure that the kid’s environment is optimal for success.

 What Causes Sudden Stuttering/Stammering In My Kid?

It is very important to find and erase the causes responsible for sudden stammering in your kid. Sudden stammering can be caused by…

1) Any unexpected fear.

2) Sudden change in the environment.

3) Forced to change in any habit like a child is naturally left-handed but forced to do things with the right hand.

Difference Between Developmental Stuttering And Stuttering?

There are clear differences between developmental stammering and stammering per se. It is important to note the type of stuttering your child is exhibiting.

DEVELOPMENTAL STUTTERING

STUTTERING

Doesn't last longer than 6months

Can be for more than 6months

It starts suddenly when the child is of 2yrs old or more

It develops from the very begining say from the first word.

Consist of whole-word or phrase repetitions. "We went, we went, we went to the hotel.

Consist of partial-word repetitions ''P-p-p-p-p park!'

Someimes, sound of murmuring may come out

Silent blocks, when he's trying to talk but no sound is coming out.

Conclusion

As a parent/guardian ensure that stuttering doesn’t hold your kid back from saying what they want when they want.  And they don’t have to stammer in a labored, tense fashion. Paradoxically by accepting and allowing to stutter, stuttering will likely affect their lives less.

2 thoughts on “Is it Okay For Kids To Stammer In Early Stages?”

  1. Great, heart warming article. Thank you for sharing it ..!!
    I wish I had known this in my early childhood, so I might not be facing speech issues.
    But my stammering alomst over itself after my 20’s.

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