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    Default Calling all parents of 3-4 year olds

    Okay so brief description of DD who is almost 4 (3 years 10 months) she has ASD, possible ODD & ADD. Investigating SPD (though I think that wraps in with the ASD? Not sure)

    She has a speech assessment the other day & the Speechy was quite happy (Whoo hoo!) great vocabulary just difficulty processing auditory input & difficultly selecting nouns (eg she talks ALOT but it's all descriptive words, insted of asking for a drink she might say 'i want an orange bottle?' (Her drink bottle)

    The Speechy also noticed some parroting (can't remember the word starts with Ecc) and stuttering.

    I have heard it's normal for 3yos to stutter though. So my question is

    1. If your pre-schooler stutters/stuttered, how often did they do it, was it everyday or every now and then? and when did they stop?

    2. Does your preschooler ever just repeat what you say? And if yes, is it daily or occasionally.

    DD gets stuck in repetitive loops (verbally & playing) and I've been thinking she does this (repeats me) just to 'fill' the convocation because she doesn't know how to move forward with it. She's only started repeating phrases in the past couple of months.

    And just to clarify, I don't mean reaping something I said at a later date, I mean
    DD "What's this?"
    Me "you know what that is, it's a carrot"
    Dd "it's a carrot, it's a carrot, its a carrot"
    Tone can and does change.

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    3.5 yo DS stutters occasionally. I could not tell you how often but enough that I noticed it. Now that I am thinking about it I have not heard him stutter for ages.

    He never just repeats what I say in a non-purposeful way. (i.e. he may repeat in a tone that is clearly asking for clarification but that is all)

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    We have just started therapy for DDs stutter. She has been doing it for almost a year (she is almost 4) but during that time it has varied significantly. We had weeks where it disappears, time when I notice it once or twice a day and times it is quite bad. We were told to wait a while to see if it spontaneously goes away but this is unlikely if its been going for more than 12 mths.

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    Your DD was doing echolalia which is unchanged repetition of something she's heard from someone else. She might do it to join in on stuff she doesn't understand or just as vocal play cos she likes repeating you. My DS used to repeat himself constantly and actually still does at almost 5. He gets stuck in a loop and says the same thing over and over even after you've acknowledged it and you have to ask him to stop.
    Stuttering is a tricky thing. My DS stuttered from age 2.5 - 4, on and off. This is called episodic stuttering and it is a normal developmental process for a lot of kids. The trouble starts when they have fewer fluent periods and longer dysfluent periods. No one can tell you if your dd will be a person with a stutter, but she's got years to grow out of it still. I took my son to speech with a 4% of phrases stutter, we decided to commence treatment in 2 mths time and when I took him back I realised he hadn't stuttered for ages and he had a <1% stutter rate, which is to say, completely normal. He hasn't started it up again either, and that was 9 mths ago.
    For now, use strategies like insisting everyone who interacts with your dd let her speak and not interrupt her or finish her sentences. Some stutters are as a result of frustration and speaking too quickly cos someone always cuts you off. Sometimes the brain is going faster than the mouth and there's a stutter. Explain smooth versus bumpy talking (maybe a road analogy?). Praise her for lovely smooth speech, eg when she says something completely stutter-free, say good girl, that was great smooth talking. Don't ignore but don't call attention to stuttering. If it's quite bad, stop her and say "oh dear that's a bit tricky to say! Let's start again" and interrupt the stutter loop.
    Your SP will start the Lidcombe stuttering program if she decides dd needs treatment. It has a very high success rate.

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    Thank you mummies and thanks marepoppins! That's is exactly what me DD does re:repeating herself (stuck in the loop even if you ask her to stop)

    occasionally I can interrupt, other times it drives me up the wall (like the other day I took her to see her psyc, which is an hour and 15 minute drive from our house, the WHOLE way she said a total of 3 different sentences, but repeated each of these sentences 50+ times and got quite angry when I didn't respond)
    Dd "it's a lovely sunny day!.. Mum, mum, mum, you're not listening!'
    Me "sorry dd, yes it is"
    Dd "it's a lovely sunny day.. Mum, mum, mum"
    Agggg 'hair'

    Thank you for the reassurance of the stutter too, I can't say how long she has been doing it. It started after she turned 3 so a maximum of 10 months. It's not every sentence but it is every day anywhere between 1-4 times a day. I never interrupt but you are right I should make sure other people are aware not to interrupt her. Since she has a lot of trouble with word retrieval, I've been doing exercises with her to help her remember. I'm wondering if this is related to the stutter?


 

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