Some degree of stuttering is normal in young children. Most often stuttering in early childhood is known as normal disfluency, and it gradually resolves on its own. As with learning to walk or mastering any new skill, language acquisition includes periods of stumbling or awkwardness. How you react to your child's stuttering can influence whether social and emotional problems develop. Normal disfluency is less likely to become a more permanent condition when a child has healthy self-esteem and can avoid feeling anxious about his or her speech.
Counseling can help you to learn appropriate responses to your child's stuttering, which is important whether the stuttering resolves on its own or not. Counseling can help you learn to react in positive ways to your child's irregular speech patterns. Counselors often suggest ways to:
Severe stuttering or stuttering that becomes worse or does not improve after 6 weeks of applying initial counseling techniques may require additional treatment. Other approaches, such as exploring your child's feelings about stuttering, may help.
It may also help your child to work with a speech pathologist along with applying techniques you have learned in counseling.
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