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does anyone have a child with a stutter?

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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
can a child go from having normal speech to suddenly develop a stutter please?
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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#1
yes,
#2
thanks choc
my son who is 3 has all of a sudden developed a stutter,im going to ring health visitor tomorrow for advice,its been happening for about 2 weeks now but it seems to be getting worse.
dont know whether its something they can just grow out of at this age or if there could be an underlying cause
#3
edjaned
thanks choc
my son who is 3 has all of a sudden developed a stutter,im going to ring health visitor tomorrow for advice,its been happening for about 2 weeks now but it seems to be getting worse.
dont know whether its something they can just grow out of at this age or if there could be an underlying cause


it seems to be quite common with boys, most of my nephews went through a stage but it could just be their brains working in overdrive

even I stutter sometimes when I want to get things out quickly
banned#4
edjaned is an actual stutter or just trying to get everything out to quick, boys do tend to ramble so things come out quick and sometimes get caffudled with what they are saying. or if it nursey is there another child with a stutter, it is amazing what kids will mimic
#5
yes my other boys have had what i would call a normal stutter of words but this is very different and he is getting frustrated with it
i was just starting to worry that it could be a sign of something else going on
#6
my son develops a stutter when hes been with his cousin for a few days(he has 1) dissapears after a day or so away from him so if hes around someone with stutter could be cause
#7
edjaned
thanks choc
my son who is 3 has all of a sudden developed a stutter,im going to ring health visitor tomorrow for advice,its been happening for about 2 weeks now but it seems to be getting worse.
dont know whether its something they can just grow out of at this age or if there could be an underlying cause


My son has a stutter too... It started just before he turned 4yrs - was like an overnight thing as he was speaking fine one day, then the next day he had a stutter which slowly became more prominent.

I went to the Doctor, who referred us onto a Speech Therapist... She saw him every 2weeks or so at first, but now she see's him every 6mths-1yr as he's 8 going on 9yrs old now and has learned how to control it (though it is still there).
#8
My son developed a stutter at the age of 3 and it went on till he was about 6. This was a few years ago, his school was brilliant and worked very closely with his speech therapist and he grew out of it. What ever you do don't tell him off or make him aware that you think it's a problem.

Talk to your health visitor and she will probably arrange for him to see a speech therapist.
#9
Very common at this age, can be a developmental thing as stated above, may be an underlying issue, or any number of things. try to listen carefully and see if he struggles with particular words or sounds. This will help if you need to see a speech therapist.

Edited By: kt21 on Sep 26, 2010 21:27: spelling
#10
as far as i know he has not been around anyone with a stutter
he goes to playgroup 3 mornings a week for 2hrs so im going to speak to them about it tomorrow,as that is the only time he is away from me
the stutter seems to be constant morning till night and he can sometimes try to say the word 9 or 10 times before actually saying it and he has been getting very frustated by it
thanks for all your advice
banned#11
edjaned
yes my other boys have had what i would call a normal stutter of words but this is very different and he is getting frustrated with it
i was just starting to worry that it could be a sign of something else going on


i would check out the nursey to see if there is another child with a stutter and also like you say speak to your HV about it, i am sure they will advise you on next steps, but do try and ignore the stutter and dont show him any frustration on your part
#12
yes will ring hv first thing
didnt do it last week as i thought it might just pass
i have had to tell the other children to pretend he doesnt do it as they have also noticed him doing it and laughed
so i have explained to them all now to ignore the stutter
banned#13
they are pretty **** hot on things like this these days, and once picked up upon as said earlier they are kept on eye on, my sons hearing was picked up at 3 and he was checked every 3 months, then after a few years every 6 months, now he goes yearly and probably always will till adulthood
#15
kt21
Very common at this age, can be a developmental thing as stated above, may be an underlying issue, or any number of things. try to listen carefully and see if he struggles with particular words or sounds. This will help if you need to see a speech therapist.
when u say an underlying issue what do u mean? im just worried that it could be a sign of some sort of illness or something?
would u advise see a doc before a health visitor?
#16
edjaned
kt21
Very common at this age, can be a developmental thing as stated above, may be an underlying issue, or any number of things. try to listen carefully and see if he struggles with particular words or sounds. This will help if you need to see a speech therapist.

when u say an underlying issue what do u mean? im just worried that it could be a sign of some sort of illness or something?
would u advise see a doc before a health visitor?


don't panic, it is really common
#17
Depends on your area, here the quickest route to a speech therapist is by referral from HV, Don't panic re underlying issue, may be simply that there has been a change in routine or staff in nursery, a falling out with a friend etc, can be as simple as that but a big thing at 3 yrs old.
#18
i did read up before the post but from what i read it seemed to be more with children with developing speech were as my son speaks really well as in full sentences and you can have a full conversation with him thats what worried me that this just seemed to happen overnight
#19
My brother had (technically still has, just controls it well) a really bad stutter. Mum used to be a speech therapist.

One thing mum noticed is that people often try and guess what the person is saying, dont do this, just give him plenty of time to get it out and wait until he is finished before you speak. Try and give him your full attention when he is speaking (obviously incredibly difficult, especially if you have other kids, but whenever you can it would be good)

Dont speak for him when you are out and about, providing you think the other person isnt going to make an issue of it (difficult to judge, but say you are at friends house and she asks what he wants to drink, even if he looks at you just encourage him to answer) is very easy to speak for them thinking you are helping, but it just makes them anxious about speaking in future, which makes stutter worse

Edited By: kelly_o_fanatic on Sep 26, 2010 21:45: .
#20
kt21
Depends on your area, here the quickest route to a speech therapist is by referral from HV, Don't panic re underlying issue, may be simply that there has been a change in routine or staff in nursery, a falling out with a friend etc, can be as simple as that but a big thing at 3 yrs old.
my son who is now 7 used to have speech therapy but that was to do with him having glue ear which affected his speech
so i think i will speak straight to hv as she knows all my children and i think she would get the ball rolling quicker
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kelly_o_fanatic
My brother had (technically still has, just controls it well) a really bad stutter. Mum used to be a speech therapist.One thing mum noticed is that people often try and guess what the person is saying, dont do this, just give him plenty of time to get it out and wait until he is finished before you speak. Try and give him your full attention when he is speaking (obviously incredibly difficult, especially if you have other kids, but whenever you can it would be good)
yes this is what i have been doing,the first few times i was taken aback by it as like i say it happened suddenly but now i just pretend he doesnt do it and just listen to him carefully
thanks :)
#23
Will have a think if I can remember anything else, falling asleep at the moment so will be better when I actually wake up :p

My brother had a few times when adults made fun of him, mum was told (wasnt speech therapist at the time and was going to a group with him) to tell them to go up to someone and ask for directions with a stutter, soon made them realise just how difficult it is and they didnt say anything again.

Could be a temporary thing, but even if its not dont worry about it, my brother had a REALLY bad stammer and is now a supply teacher, going into new schools and meeting new adults and children (primary) all the time. Meeting new people and talking publically is the hardest thing for people with a stammer, if he can do it anyone can.

Edited By: kelly_o_fanatic on Sep 26, 2010 21:50: .
suspended#24
edjaned
thanks choc
my son who is 3 has all of a sudden developed a stutter,im going to ring health visitor tomorrow for advice,its been happening for about 2 weeks now but it seems to be getting worse.
dont know whether its something they can just grow out of at this age or if there could be an underlying cause


Is he stuttering lots of words of just one... ,my little girl (when she was 27 mnth) kept stuttering when she asked for barbie.com ( barbabarbabarrrbabarbie.com) but then just grew out of it in a few months x
#25
Speaking to mum, brother started at 2 and half. Said usually got worse just before whole lot of new vocabulary came. Seemed to go in cycles like that, so if it goes and then comes back dont be surprised

Said dont make decisions for him, give him time to make them himself. If in a shop and queue of people behind you and you are asking between 2 things and he cant say, either let him point just that once, or buy both then ask outside the shop when you got plenty of time which he wants.

Once you think hes mature enough, encourage him to answer the phone, tell him what to say (e.g. hello, who is it please - or something) and then get him to pass phone to you. People with a stammer/stutter often develop a phobia of phones because they dont know what the other person is going to say and if they 'block' (when instead of just repeating something they actually cant get a sound out at all - is like one stage worse) then the person may think there is nobody there, if in person they could see he was struggling. Encouraging him to do this before he is old enough to see it as a problem could prevent this.
#26
My lad had a speech therapist when he was about 3 because he was a late talker, then he developed a stutter just came over night, strange they can just wake up with it.....it got to a stage when it was really bad nearly every word, this got worse on holiday when he was tired..late nights, different surroundings etc. Never finish what hes saying and talk slowly to him. Never give him too much to like saying "go and wash your hands and bring me your shoes from upstairs" just one thing at once. My lad did an Australian speech course about "Snooky the snail" learnt him to talk slowly like Snooky the snail, and if snooky talked to fast he had a "Bump" (which was a stammer). Anyway its nothing to worry about, Good Luck, my lad is 6 on Wednesday and he has nearly out grown it...still there but not noticeable to others,.....but it could come back, so I make sure he doesnt have late nights and nothing to stressfull in his life x
#27
i was going this about 2 years ago with my son when he was 3, normal speech then suddenly started to stutter and sometimes it was worse than normal. i turned really physco and was liaising with private speech therapists as i wanted it sorted quick rather than wait for refferals. after speaking to the professionals (without them seeing my son) they told me to relax ignore it and it will wear off in most cases, and they were right. I know how upsetting it is for us as a mother but also for the child as my son got really annoyed with himself at times as he couldnt say what he wanted to, but as i say it has dissapeared. they all told me he has too much to say and his brain was working faster than his mouth and i honestly believe that was what it was. google transitional stammering that was something that i was advised to do, take it from me it is not easy but please do not worry let him get on with it dont correct him or try and finish his words for him if it still persists (i know it sounds ages away) in about a years time then seek further advice. good luck x
#28
thanks very much for everyones advice i appreciate it
and tinky yes its different from that its on alot of words
he is one of 6 children so i knew this was different from the normal stuttering
and yes it was very bad tonight when he was getting tired so the tiredness does seem to affect it

kelly thanks for speaking to your mum for me will take it all onboard :)
#29
As above!!

I think you probably have more experience then most about little ones, Jan.
Calm and quiet is the watch-word.
#30
thanks everyone
spoke to health visitor this morning and she is referring him for speech therapy now

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