Parent Questions: My daughter is 2 years old and seems to be stuttering. When she's excited mostly, it's either a stutter (same beginning sound over and over or it is sometimes the beginning sound stretched out really long before completing the word). Is this something to be concerned about?
My insight: As a parent, when you have a child that has been speaking clearly and then, suddenly, they begin to stutter, you often wonder what to do. To provide you will some assurance, stuttering is very common when there
is an explosion of language. For children between the ages of 2-5, you will see this quite often. It typically goes away in a relatively short period of time (could take up to a year). You should contact a speech-language pathologist if they appear to be groping, their face changes when it happens, or they seem aware of it. Best way to respond: listen as if your child is speaking without the stuttering, try not to fill in any words for your
child, and use a slower rate of when you are talking. If you continue to have concerns, contact a speech-language pathologist in your area. ~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
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Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist
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