Speech Therapy Frequently Asked Questions: Stuttering – Speech Therapy Tools for Tiny Tots
Are you concerned that your preschool child is starting to stutter? A certified Speech Language Pathologist can help.
Is it normal for my preschool child to stutter?
In general, yes. It is very common for children to stutter between ages two and four. However, if you are concerned, you should make an appointment to talk to a certified Speech Language Pathologist.
What about stuttering tools – tiny devices that go in your ear?
These tools are not commonly used for preschool children who stutter. Typically, preschool stuttering therapy involves changing the way that the parent / adult interacts with the preschool child.
What is the cause of stuttering in toddlers and preschoolers?
The cause of stuttering is still unknown. It is likely caused by immaturity of a preschool child’s speech mechanism. As one parent put it, “His brain is going faster than his mouth can go”. Heredity may be a factor.
What if my child needs speech therapy for his stuttering?
With the help of a Speech Language Pathologist, most children are able to regain fluency.
Often, intensive therapy is the most effective way to regain fluency. Check your local professional organization (CASLPA in Canada and ASHA in the US) for recommendations. Many private practice Speech Language Pathologists offer intensive summer fluency programs.
What websites do you recommend for accurate stuttering information?
Any site affiliated with The Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) or the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).
Related Speech Therapy Websites:
Strategies and Warning Signs
ASHA stuttering info
Preschool Stuttering – Tips for Parents and Caregivers