Stunned by Stuttering: Welcome to Toddlerhood

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Pediatricians and speech pathologists strongly advise parents not to bring too much attention to their child’s stuttering.

The first time you hear it, it might make you cringe. Your perfectly cute little toddler, who just yesterday was speaking in sentences, is now stuttering! You may wonder what happened, what went wrong, or even if he has been injured somehow. Between the ages of 2 and 5, stuttering can come on with the speed and intensity of a summer thunderstorm and without any warning. Unfortunately it really may be you, the parent, who suffers the most from your child’s stuttering because naturally, it causes you to be a little concerned. Just know that, most of the time, stuttering is a phase, and it’s best to just let your child to work through it – your child will work it out.

Pediatricians and speech pathologists strongly advise parents not to bring too much attention to their child’s stuttering. Toddlers can easily notice their parents’ hesitation and emotions, and they should not feel like they are doing something wrong. This will only make them more nervous and can actually exasperate the stuttering. The other big mistake that parents make is trying to finish the sentence for their toddler rather than letting them muddle their way through it. This will only reinforce the habit and will not help them to build speech confidence. Let them finish the sentence; only help them on a word if they seem to ask for assistance.

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Never allow older children to laugh or make jokes about it, and try as much as possible to remain calm and poised.

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Stunned by Stuttering: Welcome to Toddlerhood

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  1. Profile photo of Jennifer Jennifer says:

    My son started speaking sentences before he even walked and recently there have been a lot of changes like moving and starting preschool and now he’s stuttering like crazy?? He was so advanced verbally, he was saying sentences at 18 mos… and now I am seriously freaking out! Any words of wisdom??? Please!

    • Profile photo of Megan KlayEditor Megan Klay says:

      Hi Jennifer – He’s probably just regressing a bit due to all the changes. Give his doctor’s office a call and see what they recommend. It may go away or they may recommend you see a specialist to help. Try not to worry, best wishes!

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  3. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Thanks for summing up a reminder when this happens!

  4. Profile photo of Janice Janice says:

    When those situations arise, I ask them to slow down and try to tell me again. It worked for one of my grand daughters, but it may have a different cause. I even stutter sometimes!


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