Does your child repeat the first sound in words (e.g., p-p-p-pig) or the first word in sentences (e.g., I-I-I- want to go home) or repeat a whole phrase several times (e.g., I want -I want -I want some popcorn)? Does your child seem to stop half way through a sentence and then struggle to get the next word out? Does your child elongate words when speaking? Does your child exhibit other behaviours while struggling to speak, like blinking, twitching, looking away? Is there a family history of stuttering?
Having a stutter can have a significant impact on a child’s feeling of confidence and self-esteem. Some stutterers report being teased by their peers or dismissed by others who do not have the patience to wait for the stutterer to express themselves.
Getting assistance for your child to gain control of their stutter is vital as, although some stutterers do resolve spontaneously, there are many who will go on to be ongoing sufferers.
Stirling Speech Pathology can assist to teach you and your child techniques to gain control of his/her stutter and gradually enable your child to participate in everyday conversation without difficulties. We also provide treatment for older children, adolescents and adults who stutter.
If you are concerned about your own or your child’s stuttering, call us at Morley 08 9275 7118, Armadale 08 9399 8547 or City Beach 08 9245 4644 or click here to request a call back or to make an inquiry.