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    Default When is stuttering a problem??

    DS just just turned 3 years old (in Dec) and continues to stutter. She started when he was around 18 months when he had be talking for about 6 months. I out it down to his head going faster than his mouth.
    Now 1.5 years later and hes still doing it. He stopped for a while but has started again.

    Could it be a problem?

    I have a family history of stuttering...my 'dad' had a very bad stutter for most of his life and i have a mild one.

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    We have just started treatment for stuttering with our 3.5 yr old. We were told by the speech path (who specialities in this area) that if it persists for more than 12 mths it is unlikely to spontaneously disappear. I would definitely get it checked out.

    ETA. Does it bother him at all?
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    Stuttering typically occurs in cycles, gradually worsening in severity. Young children (preschool aged) typically respond well to therapy, but this gets more difficult the older the child gets and the longer the stutter has had to entrench in their speech motor system. I would definitely take your ds to get assessed and treated (preferably by a speechie that specialises in stuttering).

    For what it's worse, stuttering is far more common in males and there is a known genetic link. It has nothing to do with parenting style or anything

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    Good advice from both pp. Probably time to get it checked out.

    Good luck OP x.

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    My ds had quite a bad stutter and we took him to a speech therapist around this time last year, so just before he turned 4. It is best for them to get treatment before they turn 5yrs apparently. We followed the Lidcombe programme and had great success. A year on and his stutter has drastically reduced, even starting school hasn't triggered it again as yet. Definitely worth getting assessed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PippaG View Post
    My ds had quite a bad stutter and we took him to a speech therapist around this time last year, so just before he turned 4. It is best for them to get treatment before they turn 5yrs apparently. We followed the Lidcombe programme and had great success. A year on and his stutter has drastically reduced, even starting school hasn't triggered it again as yet. Definitely worth getting assessed.
    It's good to hear a positive review about the lidcombe program. We are on day 2 today!

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    Definitely stick with it, and it does become easier in time. Like I said, it worked wonders here.


 

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