Normal disfluency is stuttering that resolves on its own. It can be hard to distinguish between normal disfluency and mild development stuttering. The distinction is important because developmental stuttering requires treatment in order for speech to improve.
When talking with a parent about a child's speech patterns, a health professional may ask whether the child typically:
Parents may also be asked if their child sometimes:
The more positive answers a parent gives, the greater the likelihood that stuttering is a chronic problem (developmental stuttering) rather than normal disfluency.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Robert M. Kroll, BsC, MSc, PhD - Speech Pathology|
|Last Revised||August 13, 2010|
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