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    Default 'Tripping' over his words- 4 yo

    Ds is turning 4 at the end of the month. He's always been very good with his speech. Lately I've noticed he's often taking a while to get his words out. It's like a stammer, but more like just stumbling over them or struggling to get them out. For example "um, um, um, um, um, um, can I please have a drink." or "mummy I, mummy I, mummy I want a drink." It's unusual for him, he's usually articulate. Is this something to be concerned about or just a phase and I should ignore it? Thanks

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    Dd5 does this as well, "mummy I weh-eh-ent-t-t to kinder today-hay-hay". She turns one syllable words into 4 or 5 syllables. It seems really random. I can't see a pattern to the sounds she's stammering on, and quite often she doesn't do it at all. Actually when I really notice it is when she's trying to tell a story or describe something that happened, she seems to keep repeating a sound or a syllable while she's putting the rest of the sentence together in her head. Or if she's trying to answer a question while she's distracted with tips or a game etc. That's what I guessing anyway. I'm not going to worry about it unless her teachers say something because otherwise she's very articulate. So I'm guessing it's just a phase. I hope!

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    I would say it's just a phase. Both my nieces went through the exact same thing at around 4 years of age and it went as quick as it came on. It's as if they couldn't get the words out quick enough with what they were trying to say.

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    It's fairly common for stutters/stammering to appear suddenly at around that age. Usually not a concern, as they usually come then go quickly. If it goes on for a while though, particularly if it gets worse, it's worth seeing a doctor to pursue therapy.

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    I remember my nephew going through that at four so perhaps it is just something that happens - maybe it's a language development thing? My three year old does it too, but that's fairly obviously him hunting for words. IF it happens to be a stutter don't stress either there are very good techniques to help kids now. But likely as not it will just pass!

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    Same same. My boy is 3.5 and it started around 3. I'm not doing anything with it yet but they say to stop and listen to them and not rush them. I think it will pass.

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    Just an update: he's now stopped doing this so thankfully only a phase. His newest thing is being lazy with his T's in words like water. Drives me mental. So just goes to show there's always something!!

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