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Is speech disfluency common in three year old girls?

My daughter started to stutter about 7 months ago out of nowhere and she doesnt even seem to realize it. it stops then comes back and although it has improved tremendously i dont know if i should take her to get evaluated. my pediatrician says not to worry but i want to know what other moms think or have experienced. any advice would be much appreciated ! thanks

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kerryanne623

Asked by kerryanne623 at 7:05 PM on Aug. 8, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • My sis used to have the same problem...she had speech therapy in school during 1st grade...they said she thought faster than she could talk and was stumbling over her own words. Her brain was talking while she was trying to talk and it caused her to stutter. They helped her clarify her sounds and learn to stop think and then talk.

    Try telling her to stop a minute...think about what she wants to say then say it. Good Luck!
    KaylasMiracle

    Answer by KaylasMiracle at 7:42 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • MY DD GETS OVER EXCITED AND REPEATS THINGS IT SOUNDS LIKE SHE'S STUTTERING BUT SHE'S NOT ...MAYBE YOU DD ISN'T STUTTERING ,SHE MIGHT BE TO EXCITED!
    ELIZABETHSMO902

    Answer by ELIZABETHSMO902 at 9:44 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • It is very common for boys and girls to have disfluent episodes! And it is good that she is not to aware of it. Kids at her age have what is called a language explosion around 2 1/2-3 years of age. Your daughter has probably added a large amount of words to her vocabulary recently. She gets in a hurry and trys to say so many words at once that she gets them tangled up in her mouth! DO NOT make a big issue of it! Do not say much about it. If she becomes to self consious about it, the disfluency may get worse and she also might start having secondary characteristics, like eye blinking, etc. These movements appear as if to help them get the words out. You don't want that to get started!
    What you can do is model for her some slow, easy speech. When you are talking, say your words slower. When she is trying to say something, wait patiently for her to say it without gesturing or motioning for her to get the words out.
    LovetoTeach247

    Answer by LovetoTeach247 at 5:47 AM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • My son did this I would just tell him to slow down when he spoke.
    IMAMOM2-2KIDS

    Answer by IMAMOM2-2KIDS at 5:22 PM on Aug. 9, 2009

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