My DD1 will be 3 next month, and she started talking around 18months. She's always been quite eloquently spoken, easy to understand and will repeat difficult words perfectly first go.
I've noticed the past couple of months that she will ask what something is, then repeats what you've told her, but doesn't actually copy what you've said, instead just making similar sounds (eg what's that mum, it's a wheelbarrow, what's a wear-banna?) I assume it's just not caring enough to pay close attention?
Anyway in the past week she's started stuttering when she starts sentences. "He-he-here's my dinner", "I-I-I want a biscuit", "Ah-ah-ah are you getting a drink?"
It's not every time she speaks, but it's happening often enough (and sometimes she'll start a sentence 10 times before the stutter stops and she says what she means) for me to wonder if it's because her brain is going faster than her mouth (a developmental stage)? And if it is, how long could I expect it to last?
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11-10-2016 14:03 #1
11-10-2016 17:36 #2Senior Member
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My 2.5yo ds does this from time to time. I think it's because they are developing their vocab, and once they're able to pronounce or reach that milestone, it passes.
I considered going to a speech pathologist but it's seemed to have passed for us. Give it 2 months I reckon, and if not, get it checked.
11-10-2016 19:10 #3
We have gone through several years of speech therapy for my DD's stutter, which started around 3 years old. From what we were told, it's a really common phenomenon around that age and we were advised not to be too concerned about it initially. I think they said to contact a speech therapist in 3-6 months if it hadn't cleared up. In our case, DD was really stressed by it so we contacted them much sooner than that though. However, our DS also had a brief period of stuttering around 3 years old that has now cleared up (he's nearly 4). The advice of the speech pathologist was to ignore the stutter, give her our full attention (where possible) when she was talking and don't rush her or finish her sentences. Essentially, "listen to what she says, not how she says it".
11-10-2016 23:10 #4
Thanks I'll wait it out a little while and see how she goes.
DH has been stopping her and telling her to slow down and think about what she wants to say before she starts again, but maybe I'll talk to him about not making a thing of it and just letting her get there on her own.
She doesn't seem frustrated by it or anything so hopefully it'll sort itself out soon.
11-10-2016 23:12 #5
My son is the same age and he's just started stuttering a not recently too. In my experience in childcare it is quite common around this age. Basically their brains are too fast for their speech to keep up with!
11-10-2016 23:50 #6
12-10-2016 08:14 #7
My 3yo doesn't stutter as such but starts babbling, particularly when over excited or has lots to say. It IS like her mouth can't keep up with her brain!
Hopefully it'll resolve itself for you in a few months xx
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12-10-2016 08:32 #8Senior Member
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I have noticed a few kids in childcare that are DS's age (he is 3.5) stutter a little. He does not stutter but says um um um um um instead.
I know some of it is developmental. If you think its a little excessive then it does not hurt seeing the GP.
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13-10-2016 06:33 #9
We did a lot of ST to overcome the stutter, and I'm so thankful we did. It didn't seem to bother my DS when he stuttered but I could tell others around him were frustrated with his communication skills (or lack thereof). He had other issues too though.
Since it's only been a week, I wouldn't be concerned but if she's still doing it in a couple of months and if it's getting more frequent, I would take her to see a ST for an assessment. It's one of those things that can be easily resolved with some exercises at home.
I agree with not interrupting and letting her finish her sentences, and whatever you do, don't tell her she is stuttering.
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27-10-2016 00:26 #10
My parents said that I used to stutter when I was a child, and now I have grown out of it. Hopefully it is something that will resolve over time!
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