STAMMERING
Last Updated : 1/11/2012
Fatema Jagmag
More..
My child hesitates while talking and sometimes even repeats a word in a sentence. What should I do?
Just ignore his

repetition and hesitation

. Do not become anxious.

When should I consult a

speech therapist

?

You can consult a speech therapist if you are very anxious about your child's speech or if the child is really having difficulty in talking i.e. becomes breathless while talking, shows undue amount of tension in his speech muscles or has decreased in his speech output (ie. the child starts speaking less).

Can my child develop stammering due to imitation?
Yes, the child is in constant search of speakers and he develops his speech by imitating people in his environment. So, if there is a person who stammers around him, he may imitate him, but this is a transitory phase and the child can get over it, if his attention is not drawn towards it.

Is stammering hereditary?
Yes, to a certain extent.

Is stammering due to a

psychological factor

?

Yes, Stammering mainly develops due to a child's feeling of insecurity. This insecurity could be due to many reasons such as:
-

Parental conflict


-

Very strict parents


-

A new sibling


-

Jealousy


-

Separation from dear ones


-

New environment


-

Fear



Will my child start

speaking fluently

?

Yes, if the psychological barriers are removed and if the child is not made conscious of his speech defect, he will overcome his hesitations.

How long it will take for my child to start speaking fluently?
It all depends on you because if you follow the guidelines set-up by the therapist the child overcomes his problems very soon. Very often, the child is not even taken for therapy because by the alterations in the parents behavior towards the child, the child starts speaking fluently.

When should

formal therapy

begin?

If the child has not started speaking fluently even after the parents have been counseled then he should be taken up for play therapy.



Contributor Information and Disclosures

Fatema Jagmag
Audiologist & Speech Therapist, AURED, SHABA SPEECH & HEARING CENTRE, MASINA HOSPITAL, AL-SADIQUE ENT & OPHTHALMIC HOSPITAL, MUMBAI, INDIA


First Created : 1/10/2001

References

Disclaimer: The information given by www.pediatriconcall.com is provided by medical and paramedical & Health providers voluntarily for display & is meant only for informational purpose. The site does not guarantee the accuracy or authenticity of the information. Use of any information is solely at the user's own risk. The appearance of advertisement or product information in the various section in the website does not constitute an endorsement or approval by Pediatric Oncall of the quality or value of the said product or of claims made by its manufacturer.