Health Tip: If Your Child Stutters
-- Many young children stutter, but they often outgrow it by about age 5, the Nemours Foundation says.
If it lasts longer, there is no known cure for stuttering. But you can help your child overcome this difficulty in speaking, the foundation says. It offers these suggestions:
- Don't push your child to speak correctly all the time. Just encourage the child to talk, and allow it to be enjoyable.
- Have plenty of family conversations during meals, without television or radio to distract your child's attention.
- Don't worry your child with instructions that may make him or her more self-conscious. Don't tell the child to slow down, start over, relax, etc.
- If your child is upset or nervous, don't force talking.
- Maintain a relaxed and peaceful home environment, and make sure that you speak to your child in a non-hurried, calm and clear manner.
- Make eye contact with your child when he or she is talking, and don't seem upset or frustrated if your child begins to stutter.
- Let your child finish talking, and don't stop to interrupt or correct.
Posted: September 2008