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2 year old started stammering

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clarabow Wed 13-Apr-05 23:07:48

My dd ( who is 2 and a half) has always been a "good" talker and has been able to communicate pretty clearly ( didn't walk until 19 months but that's another story). A week ago she suddenly developed a stammer ( intermittent) but is getting frustrated and upset when she can't get her words out: "Mummy, I can't remember it". Expecting dd2 any day now and I'm pretty sure this is related to changes at home ( although outwardly dd1 seems quite excited about new baby). We're not making a fuss about it and trying to reassure her when she gets upset. I guess if it's going to persist then there's nothing i can do about it , and if she's going to grow out of it there's still nothing I can do about it, but would be interested to know if anybody else has experienced this?

LGJ Wed 13-Apr-05 23:08:40

It is not related to the new baby.

Bear with me this could be long so I will post this first.

LGJ Wed 13-Apr-05 23:18:36

When DS was 2.5 he developed, the most dreadful stammer.


E.G DDDDDDDDDDDDDaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaddy go upstairs NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNow

He was practically choking on his words and my heart was breaking for him.

My instinct was, as was the CM's to ignore it.

My DH had a Cochlear Implant a while previous, not connected to the stammer, but we were lucky enough to see an audio/speech therapist in a social setting which happens every 6 months, she listened to him and said there is so much in there trying to get out, you just wait. We saw her six months later and she came up to us with a huge grin on her face and said I believe your DS never shuts up


And no sign of a stammer to be seen.

LGJ Wed 13-Apr-05 23:19:49

After all that ...............


It is not clear, that the speech therapist told us it was very normal at that age.

grumpygriselda Wed 13-Apr-05 23:20:31

my ds did the same last year at around 2 and a half, (also when i was expecting his sister). we looked on the british stammering association or smthng like that website which basically said ignore it but gave lots of helpful tips about encouraging him to get his words out in his own time. Now ds grown out of it, chatter chatter nonstop, but think it lasted 2-4 months.

clarabow Thu 14-Apr-05 08:12:53

Thanks very much LGJ and grumpygriselda - feel much more reassured now .

dot1 Thu 14-Apr-05 08:43:14

our ds1 did this a month ago or so - started stammering really badly - it came out of nowhere and we were worried because he's quite shy and took a while to get going, speech-wise. But after a couple of weeks it just disappeared! We didn't mention it in front of him at the time, and just left him to get his words out - didn't prompt or rush him, and it's gone as suddenly as it appeared!

fisil Thu 14-Apr-05 08:54:49

A stammer is very common at this age. It sounds like you're doing exactly the right thing. Let her try to express herself (don't speak for her) and give her the reassurance she needs. Like others have said, don't blame the new baby, simply because it is not your fault, and beating yourself up will not help!

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