Amy’s Life in Brief

July 6, 2008, 10:28 pm
Filed under: speech therapy, stuttering, worries | Tags: ,

My younger son has developed a problem with stuttering. It has come on very suddenly, within the past week or so.  It seems somewhat severe and is really frustrating the poor little guy.  He’ll be trying to say something and then he’ll stop and say, “I-I-I-I can’t talk!”  I’ve done a little bit of internet research and most of what I’ve found has said in children his age (a little less than 3 1/2 years old) it can just be a sign of a child being ready to start to use language in a different way.  Apparently, this can come and go and the child usually outgrows it within six months or so.  Apparently, though, if it hasn’t run its course in six months we should get him evaluated to see if he needs some speech therapy.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to wait six months to help the poor guy.  He’s been so frustrated by this in the past week.  At the same time I hate to have to take him in to the pediatrician in order to get the referral.  With his medical history he gets a little traumatized every time we have to go to the Clinic.  Hopefully this will run its course soon.


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Depending on your area, you may be able to self-refer yourself to a speech pathologist without having to go to a pediatrician. Guidelines regarding therapy will vary from practice-to-practice but if the speech is causing you or him distress it is perhaps a significant factor for beginning therapy, despite the length of stuttering. We do not want this little youngster to feel negative towards his speech for 6 months!

The good news is that treatment for stuttering in younger children tends to be quicker and easier for children under 5 years old. The best current evidence for stuttering treatment for under 5’s is called the Lidcombe program. Studies for efficacy has emerged from Germany and Australia, and have been favorable for this program. It may or may not be offered in the USA. The program is enjoyable for both the parent and child. See for more information.

Good luck!

Comment by Danielle

I used to be the worst with stuttering and stammering! For me personally I had alot of luck with speech therapy and a hypnosis stuttering cure mp3. But yeah.. stuttering sucks..

Stuttering Cure Web Site

Comment by Tina Campbell

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