So I'm booked in to take DS age 3 to the nurse the week after next, where we will likely get a referral to see a speech therapist. DS started to stutter shortly after turning 3, it progressively got worse over a few weeks then stopped again altogether. I did some research at the time and read that stuttering can be normal at his age, to monitor it and if it was still an issue by 3.5 see a therapist. He will be 3.5 in 2 weeks and there's still some issues. The stuttering isnt as prevalent now, but he does sometimes struggle to get the first syllable of words out and I can physically see him struggling with it when he speaks. It mostly happens when he is talking very fast, or telling a long story. He will stumble over a word, his little face strains to get it out and he even jumps forward as if he's trying to force it from his body. Because it isn't happening with every word or phrase he says I'm still not sure if it is a speech issue or just his little mouth working faster then his brain can keep up.
He's always hit development milestones on time or early in the past, found his voice around the time he turned 2 and seemed to be progressing fine until the stuttering began. Nevertheless I'm really scared for him. He's my first and only baby, the thought of him having anything wrong that could make his life harder just breaks my heart. I'm hoping to connect with some mums who've been through this or recognise the issues I've described. If he does have a speech issue and needs therapy what should we expect? The fact he doesn't do it all the time is a good sign right? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Age 20, engaged, mummy to 3yo DS and TTC his sibling! Living life backwards