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What causes a child to start stuttering?

What causes a child to start stuttering?

Depends on age: Before five years of age stuttering is commonbut it is not called stuttering it is labled cluttering. Children have so much to say that the words get stuck. It is based on the immaturity of their speech . Be patient because cluttering will go away on its own. Stuttering in the older child is from mustiple cause and needs intervention with a therapist to resolve. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Lefer
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Stuttering (Definition)

Stuttering affects the fluency of speech. It begins during childhood and, in some cases continues until adulthood. It is characterized by disruptions in the production of speech ...Read more


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At what age can a child develop stuttering, and should it be treated right away?

At what age can a child develop stuttering, and should it be treated right away?

Preschool age: Generally stuttering occurs about age 3-4 years, and is not too worrisome-most children do it to some extent. If it doesn't self correct by 6-7 years, or involves prolonged repetition or repetition of one sound, if there are long pauses in speech or if it really seems to upset the child or there are unusual behaviors to compensate, then treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Who can help my child if he stutters?

Stuttering: Speech pathologist should be your first stop. ...Read more

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Is it possible to only have a stutter or stammer in certain situations like when a child is really emotional?

Is it possible to only have a stutter or stammer in certain situations like when a child is really emotional?

Yes: Absolutely. And this is, in my opinion, the best kind of stammer/stutter to have. After all who, amongst us all, is fully comfortable in all situations? If a situation "causes" a condition, "training" can just as easily "cure" it. Practice makes perfect... ...Read more

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What is wrong with my child he is two and a half with advanced language skills. He started stuttering severely and had joint pain and cold symptoms left untreated for 5 weeks. Then got amoxicillen for 10 days and quit stuttering and was fine for 2 weeks.

What is wrong with my child he is two and a half with advanced language skills. He started stuttering severely and had joint pain and cold symptoms left untreated for 5 weeks.  Then got amoxicillen for 10 days and quit stuttering and was fine for 2 weeks.

Stress response: An infection or illness can put a strain/stress on our body. This extra stress can cause young children to have a temporary change in behavior, or even a temporary regression in their development. This often goes back to normal once the stressor has been eliminated. I am happy that your son is back to himself! ...Read more

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How to stop stuttering?

Speech therapy: Speech therapy can be very effective see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is stuttering hereditary?

No: Not hereditary in a mendelian sense, but genetic predisposition has been identified in some families. ...Read more

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How do I keep from stuttering?

Speech therapy: Speech therapy can be very effective in the majority of cases. ...Read more

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Is tgsre a way to stop stuttering?

Stuttering: Stuttering is most of the times seen with anxiety. Sometimes taking anti anxiety medication can help stuttering as well as speech therapy. ...Read more