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My 3 yr old has recently developed a stutter... any one have personal experience or advice?

She was developing typical or even advanced before this started... She gets angry and upset when she can not complete a sentence now. And it seems to be getting progressively worse as time goes on... Please help!

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Asked by mamaChris81 at 12:51 PM on Jun. 6, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Kiwi started the same thing. She started talking at around 6 months, and was completing sentences by a year. And hasn't stopped since. But, around age 3, she started stuttering, repeating the first word or first sound of a word a few times and it really pissed her off that she was having the problem. All you need to do is stay calm and don't draw attention to it by waving your hand or anything. We just told Ki to stop and think about what she wants to say, so now she'll tap her temple when it starts and say "gotta think about it" (which she never stutters that part for some reason), then after calming a bit she'll get it out. Her doctor told me during her physical for kindergarten that she will most likely outgrow it, that most kids go through this, and if she doesn't by the time school starts, they will probably put her in speech therapy there for it. It's nothing really major to worry about.

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 12:55 PM on Jun. 6, 2010

  • i had one son go through that too. it was probably about 3 years old. and if i recall correctly, it might have only lasted about two months or less. it seems like it was only an issue for a summer.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 2:17 PM on Jun. 6, 2010

  • I read this was a normal development issue. Mine had more of a stammer for a couple of weeks. Advice: no pressure, keep calm and relaxed like this is just a normal part of learning to talk and deal with emotion (which it is), and go with the flow. If it persists for more than several months you could ask a doctor.

    Answer by MamaZoya at 2:22 PM on Jun. 6, 2010

  • It is actually pretty common and normal at that age. My son also developed one at about 3 years old. The doctor said to let it be and if it didn't get better in 6-12 months then have him tested for a speech issue. It did go away within that time. Just be patient and give her time to respond. Her brain is probably going faster than she can talk.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 8:33 PM on Jun. 6, 2010

  • My son is almost five and he stutters when he gets excited and tries to say too much. We get him to slow down and he does okay. He's been in speech therapy for other reasons. If you're really concerned, speak with your ped or get with a local early intervention program and have her evaluated. :)

    Answer by nytefae at 5:28 PM on Jun. 7, 2010

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