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‘My child stammers, how can I help?’

It can be heart breaking to watch your child struggle to get their words out and as a parent it is easy to blame yourself – this holds absolutely no truth and it is crucial that you understand that it is not your fault that your child stammers. In no way could you have caused your child’s stammer.
 
Many young children will stammer at some point when they are learning to talk, this is a completely normal part of development and fluent speaking is something that will usually develop as your child gets older. Most children will recover in their own time but there are a small number (1/5) who will continue to stammer into childhood. So how can you support your child to become more fluent? Here are a few tips to steer you in the right direction and give you confidence that the things you are most likely already doing are right:

  • When children rush their words and try to speak too quickly they can often become jumbled – try setting a slower pace for your child by adopting a slow rate of talking yourself and leaving pauses at appropriate times
  • Avoid asking too many questions; bombarding your child with questions can put additional pressure on talking and may cause them to become jumbled
  • Give your child plenty of time to think of what they want to say and plan it; do this by providing pauses after you talk and show them that you are listening by looking at them and giving positive body language (e.g. nodding, smiling)
  • Children often fight to be heard in a busy household; make sure you find some 1:1 time for just you and your child to chat in a quiet environment away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life
  • Most importantly do not draw attention to your child’s stammer, when they have periods of dysfluency try to avoid interrupting them, trying to finish their sentence or telling them that it’s ok. These are all natural things to do as a parent but it is vital that their talking is not made into a big deal as this could in turn make them anxious to speak and potentially make their stammer worse

 
If you are concerned about your child’s fluency please give us a call on: 07510 067 442 or drop us an email: info@cdspeechtherapy.co.uk for an informal chat or to book an assessment

Cassie Pierson
cassie@cdspeechtherapy.co.uk