My Daughter has started stuttering!!

Australia
October 21, 2010 9:48pm CST
My daughter is 3 1/2 & just started kindy for the last term of this year at the beginning of October & at the same time she has started stuttering...I know that she is thinking way too fast for her mouth & this is the reason she has started but she never had this problem until now. Both myself, her father & her kindy teachers tell her to slow down when she starts stuttering just to help her out as it must be frustrating for her. Her father wants to see a speech therapist if it continues. What would you do in this situation?
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
5 Nov 10
The only thing that you really can do is to remind her that she needs to slow down when she is talking. I know that my daughter had this happen when she was around the same age when she started stuttering because her mind was thinking faster than her mouth was able to move. That said, sometimes when a child is having problems slowing down, the best thing that you can do is to have the child talk with their hand under their chin so that they will enunciate better and this will reduce their stuttering.
• Australia
6 Nov 10
WE do tell her to slow down & her teachers at kindy are reinforcing this & both hubby & I have noticed that the stuttering is slowing down & at times non existant. I think she has the same problem as your daughter where she is thinking too fast for her mouth.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
30 Oct 10
Hi moonchild. I know most people are saying not to worry too much with the suggestion not to push the panic button too soon but...it's the unknown that worries me. This could fizzle out quickly or it could go the other way and become a full blown speech defect needing the attention of a speech therapist. I'd be inclined to find a local speech pathologist (there should be one attached to your Community Health Centre, if not, your nearest big hospital may have a facility), make an appointment and go have a chat as soon as possible. If left to continue, your littly will be open to ridicule by her play mates and she will surely go backwards and then her development in other areas may be delayed. Meanwhile, I found this site; it's quick and easy to read. Check out each tab foe info: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/hcs/projects/preschoolstuttering/index.html
• Australia
31 Oct 10
That's for the link...I will sit down & have a read of it soon. I had to take my daughter to the doctor the other day as she has a bad cough & spoke to him about it. He gave me the number of a speech therapist & he said they would assess her & see if she needs help or not.
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
24 Oct 10
I do not know if you should be worrying yourself to much over it at this stage. If she has only just started doing it and as she is still learning to speak really, it might just be a stage that she is going through. I would definitely do some research into it though to see if this kind of thing is normal through the development age that she is in though. I would though be concerned about it going on for too long as it may have social implications which could lead to insecurities in later life. I do hope that you can sort it out as it must be very difficult.
• Australia
24 Oct 10
Thanks for your support...hopefully it is nothing to worry about.
• United States
23 Oct 10
I would drop in and visit the classroom a couple of times and observe. There has to be a reason she's suddenly stuttering; and it could be emotional. There may be something going on that's upsetting your daughter. I would certainly follow up with a speech therapist if it continues, but if she was fine until now, I would check into the emotional aspect of it. She could feel overwhelmed and may not be ready, or something else could be going on. Good luck!
• Australia
24 Oct 10
This is true...I know she loves going & wants to go more than she is but at the same time, she could be overwhelmed & just not telling me.
@gdesjardin (1938)
• United States
22 Oct 10
I would check with your pediatrician and a speech therapist. Sometimes kids mimic other kids so maybe someone in her class stutters, and she is just mimicing him or her.
• Australia
24 Oct 10
That's what I thought she was doing so I spoke to her teacher and she said that there aren't any kids in the class that stutters...
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
22 Oct 10
i think kids can start stuttering because of stress too. talk to her and see how she is feeling? also, you might want to check out your local library on books on stuttering. they may help too.
• Australia
24 Oct 10
I will try to do this...thanks for our suggestion :)
@toniganzon (49934)
• Philippines
22 Oct 10
I think the best situation is to see your pediatrician first or visit a speech therapist. My friend had the same problem with her daughter before and her doctor suggested to her to let her daughter play with sand. The more tactile the child is and the more she uses her sense of touch, the faster she will be able to correct any speech problems at her early age. My friend did what the doctor advised and her daughter is doing just fine now.
• Australia
24 Oct 10
That's interesting...my daughter always plays with sand as I live 2 streets from the beach so we have sand instead of dirt in the yard under the grass & in the garden & there is a sand pit at her kindy. My boss's son had the same problem & he grew out of it by age 9 but I don't want her to be stuttering for that long.
• India
22 Oct 10
Hi, I don't think it's time for any home remedy. Go see a doc, a psychiatrist, because he is the only person who can help. If the organs fail to coordinate with a developing brain, the problem, in the long run may pose a potential cause for abnormality. The solution in this case, is of course in slowing down and adopt a comfortable pace in speech. But if you just give up the vague therapy and check in with some professional therapist you'll find a faster and more scientific solution to your problem. Thanks. God bless you.
• Australia
23 Oct 10
That's what I am worried about - that it will turn into a long term problem...I have a couple of friends who have kids that grew out of it (which I am hoping) but it would be good to try & hit it on the head now.