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stammering son - can you reassure me please

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Lucylookout Fri 18-Jul-14 20:53:28

My 6 year old son stammers. He has done on and off ever since he learnt to talk, but it used to be quite mild and a lot of people didn't even notice. He's now 6 soon to be 7 and over the last 6 - 8 months it has stopped coming and going and seems to be more entrenched i.e. he isn't having stammer free days/weeks at the moment. It's still not bad, maybe 'moderate' rather than 'mild', and he's very happy, knows he stammers but it doesn't bother him. He's not self conscious and talks to anyone about anything which is wonderful. He's at a very sweet primary school where there is no bullying so he's had no negative experiences there either. He's due to start speech therapy in September. I think what I'm mainly worried about is that when he gets older and moves to a bigger school he might get bullied, and as he gets more self conscious it might start to upset him more. I'm not expecting the speech therapy to 'cure' his stammering, but hope it will give him techniques to feel confident about how to manage it. Does anyone here have experience of stammering? Can you reassure me that the speech therapy will help him improve his fluency?

mandy214 Fri 18-Jul-14 20:59:27

My little boy had speech therapy at 3. He saw a therapist for about a year and is fine now. I think whilst they're young the therapist can make a big difference. Good luck

Lucylookout Fri 18-Jul-14 21:03:58

That's one of the things I'm worried about - that because it came and went for a few years we never did anything about it (assuming he'd just grow out of it). I'm worried he's too old now for speech therapy to be effective.
I'm pleased it worked for your son though smile

mandy214 Fri 18-Jul-14 23:19:34

No I dont think 6 or 7 is too old. They're still getting to grips with coordinating thoughts and speech. I think you'll be surprised at the positive changes the therapist can make.

Lucylookout Sat 19-Jul-14 10:54:13

Thanks Mandy, I really hope so

laura0007 Fri 25-Jul-14 21:05:08

I stammered until I was about 8 or 9 then just grew out of it. I do occasionally still do it if I'm really wound up about something and tend to repeat the same word 3 or 4 times before carrying on.

indiaaah Mon 28-Jul-14 10:07:23

my son suffered with a stammer, he didnt speak properly until he was three and he would have periods where he would stammer for a few weeks then stop and start again. took me a while to figure out it was because he was anxious and that triggered it. we went through alot of changes and i think it affected him. he stopped stammering about 2 years ago and hes been ok since. he did get teased abit but he handled it well. important thing is to make sure he feels secure and happy, he will outgrow it eventually and the speech therapy will help.

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