Many young kids go through a stage of stuttering between the ages of 2 to 5. They repeat certain syllables, words or phrases, prolonging them or stopping. Stuttering is a form of dysfluency, which is an interruption in the flow of speech. Typically, most youngsters tend to lose the stuttering around the age of 5, but it can last longer for others. Being the parent of a child that stutters can be difficult and at times stressful. However, it is important to remain calm, because it is just as frustrating to the child that has the problem, possibly even more frustrating. Here are 5 tips you can use in helping your child cope with a stutter.
1. Speak with your child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently
Wait a few seconds after your child speaks before you begin to speak. As you slow down your speech, your child will learn to slow their speech as well. This helps them process their thoughts and learn patience.
2. Reduce the number of questions you ask your child
Children speak more freely when they express their own ideas instead of answering adult’s questions. Instead of asking a question, making a comment allows your child to know that you heard them.
3. Help all members learn to take turns talking and listening
Children who stutter do a better job expressing themselves when they have little to no interruptions and have time to talk. This exercise also helps all your family members learn how to speak with others and respect others opinions.
4. Give your child undivided attention when talking with them
Showing your child attention at a specific time throughout the day can help them build confidence in their day to day activities. Calm time can help your child develop patience, relaxed speech, and as they grow up they can feel comfortable with sharing their feelings and experiences with their parents.
5. Accept your child as they are
Above all, showing your child love and acceptance will be the best type of support you can provide as a parent.
Having a child who struggles with stuttering is difficult and helping them in the early stages of stuttering is important. Taking a proactive role in their speech development is important as a parent. If your child continues to stutter after the age of 5, or their stuttering continues to get worse, it is a good idea to find professional help.
How Can SpeechEasy Help?
SpeechEasy offers a variety of devices that provide the user with access to the choral effect. This well studied phenomenon uses a slight time delay and a pitch modulator that dramatically reduces stuttering. Our certified, professional providers will work with you to determine your needs and to ensure the best possible outcome for your child. Our devices range from $2500 to $4500 and can be viewed here.In addition to the device itself, SpeechEasy offers a provider support network, a workbook guide, a generous trial period, and guaranteed warranty. For any questions, feel free to contact us at (252)551-9042 or visit SpeechEasy online.