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

7 doctors weighed in
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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...

In brief: 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...
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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Dr. Glen Elliott
In general, stressful situations bring out problem behaviors. Finding ways to deal with stress can help greatly with a behavior such as stuttering.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Between 2-5 years,

stuttering can occur in typically-developing children.
If it lasts more than 6 months it should be evaluated. Anxiety makes stammering or stuttering worse. Don't pressure the child to " spit it out". In an older child Speech/Language Therapy is recommended. Evaluation by a child psychologist can determine if the child's symptoms fulfill criteria for an anxiety disorder.

In brief: Between 2-5 years,

stuttering can occur in typically-developing children.
If it lasts more than 6 months it should be evaluated. Anxiety makes stammering or stuttering worse. Don't pressure the child to " spit it out". In an older child Speech/Language Therapy is recommended. Evaluation by a child psychologist can determine if the child's symptoms fulfill criteria for an anxiety disorder.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Yes

stammering and stuttering are often brought out during times of stress.

In brief: Yes

stammering and stuttering are often brought out during times of stress.
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry

In brief: Yes but . . .

You should consult a speech therapist preferrably one whose speicalty is stuttering.
But yes emotion can make stuttering worse. At some times emotion may make stuttering better but mostly relaxation helps make it less. Still the client may have mild stuttering that is not easily observed at non emotional times.

In brief: Yes but . . .

You should consult a speech therapist preferrably one whose speicalty is stuttering.
But yes emotion can make stuttering worse. At some times emotion may make stuttering better but mostly relaxation helps make it less. Still the client may have mild stuttering that is not easily observed at non emotional times.
Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
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