Fluency / Stuttering
Between the ages of 2 and 6 many children will repeats sounds, syllables and words as they are speaking. The amount of repetitions may vary from situation to situation and may disappear then re-appear from time to time. Don't worry....this is normal. School age children should be able to express themselves without stuttering. However it is normal for a child to have some dysfluencies (hesitations or repetitions) when they are stressed or excited. Signs that indicate a stuttering disorder:
- Excessive repetitions of whole or part words (I-I-I want a c-cookie).
- Prolongation of sounds (W-----hat time is it?).
- Evidence of frustration while speaking (eye blinking, poor eye contact, clenching fists, etc.).
- Avoidance of speaking.
For more information – The Stuttering Foundation http://www.stutteringhelp.org/ American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) http://www.asha.org/Practice-Portal/Clinical-Topics/Childhood-Fluency-Disorders/
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