Stuttering F.A.Q.

I hope this information can help you understand stuttering. If you think my approach may be right for you, I’m happy to provide a free 15-minute consult to discuss if speech therapy is the right choice for you or your child at this time. 

What is stuttering?

Sometimes younger children with typical speech are disfluent and may exhibit signs that appear to be stuttering but may not be.
However, there are some characteristics very specific to stuttering:

  • One syllable repetitions (ex: I-I want milk, Mo-Mommy, The-The game is fun)
  • Sound repetitions (ex: p-p-en, c-c-cat)
  • Prolongations (ssssun, llllike)
  • Blocks: appears like pain or tension in the throat that causes the speech to halt

When should I seek speech therapy for my child’s stuttering?
There is no age when it’s too young to start speech therapy for stuttering. 

At the same time, research shows that about 70%-75% of stuttering stops with no treatment. However, if the stutter persists around 7 years old, it is much less likely it will go away. 

There are a few key factors which it is recommended to seek speech therapy immediately regardless of age:

  • Family history of stuttering
  • Stuttering symptoms that last more than 6 months
  • The child is avoiding speaking
  • The child has negative perception of their speech

How can speech therapy help with stuttering?
Successful speech therapy for stuttering involves two major components:

  • Empowering the person who stutters with strategies to take control of their own speech:
  • Improve attitudes and self esteem regarding their own speech

 Should I stop speaking more than one language with my child?
No. There is no research that shows bilingualism causes any negative effects with stuttering.

Why does my child stutter in one language more than another?
Unfortunately, there’s not enough research to show any patterns. Some children stutter in their dominant language, others in their second language.