It's not uncommon for young children to go through a phase of stammering. Stammering often disappears without any form of therapy or intervention as the child grows older, but the affliction persists, you may need to seek the assistance of a speech therapist.
Read on to find out how a speech therapist could help a child who stammers.
What causes stammering?
Stammering usually appears during the phase of speech development when the child's vocabulary increases and they are learning to form more complex sentences. The child may hesitate or become indecisive about which words to use, or they may try to speak too quickly and consequently fail to enunciate properly, leading to stammering.
As the child's ability to form phrases and sentences develops, their stammer may disappear on its own. However, you may want to seek the advice of a speech therapist if your child continues to stammer after the age of five, or if any of the following problems develop:
What can a speech therapist do to help your child?
A speech therapist will evaluate your child via a series of consultations during which they will try to establish the root cause of the stammer. A program of exercises and therapy will be devised for your child, and you will receive guidance on how to help your child at home.
You and your child will continue to attend speech therapy sessions until the stammer has been cured.
How can you help to cure your child's stammer?
There are a number of steps you can take in conjunction with your child's therapy sessions to help cure their stammer.
Many children who stammer simply grow out of the habit, but if your child's stammer persists, working with a speech therapist could help you to cure the problem. Ask your doctor to refer you and your child to a good therapist in your area.
For more information, contact communiKIDS or a similar organization.
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