How To treat stuttering in young children

For very young children, early treatment may prevent developmental stuttering from becoming a lifelong problem. Certain strategies can help children learn to improve their speech fluency while developing positive attitudes toward communication.

Health professionals recommend that a child be evaluated if he or she has stuttered for 3 to 6 months, exhibits struggle behaviors associated with stuttering or has a family history of stuttering or related communication disorders.

Some researchers recommend that a child be evaluated every three months to determine if the stuttering is increasing or decreasing.

Treatment often involves teaching parents about ways to support their child’s production of fluent speech.

Parents may be encouraged to:

• Provide a relaxed home environment that allows many opportunities for the child to speak. It includes setting aside time to talk to one another, especially when the child is excited and has a lot to say.

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