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Stammering with 2.5 year old boy

(7 Posts)
bruffin Sun 09-Dec-12 10:46:55

My dcs are teens, in their red books one of the developmental questions was have they got past the stammering stage yet.

fruitstick Sun 09-Dec-12 10:42:09

My DS is nearly 4 & has the same issue. I think it's his brain not quite catching up.

I wouldn't worry too much.

TrazzleMISTLEtoes Sun 09-Dec-12 10:23:36

DS had the same at 2. We were advised to ignore it and it went after a few months. The HV wasn't overly concerned. I think his brain and mouth needed to catch up too grin

ornellaia Thu 06-Dec-12 09:38:02

My DS did this at a similar age, his language was very advanced (older DD is deaf so regular speech therapy, which DS tagged along to) and he just couldn't get the words out fast enough. I think it was also an attention thing - in that he'd get someone's attention before he'd really figured out what he was going to say, so then he'd stammer to maintain attention and eventually the words would come out.

We pretty much ignored it (on the advice of DD's SLT) and he grew out of it completely within a year. I think dysfluency is very common in children of around that age and most grow out of it with no problems. DS is coming up to 6, still advanced with his language and never shuts up very talkative, and doesn't have any fluency problems.

moajab Wed 05-Dec-12 23:17:40

I'd ask your health visitor or GP about it. If it is a stammer then it may well need a speech therapist. But it probably wont be. When my DS was about the same age, he started stalling in the middle of sentences repeating the same word over and over until his brain caught up! I asked my HV and she said it was just a speech affectation common in this age and he would grow out of it. Which he did - he's 10 now and very confident and articulate in his speech although still doesn't stop talking

AnyFuckerForAMincePie Wed 05-Dec-12 22:55:01

when my dd was 3, she started to stammer

cue lots of over-reaction from grandparents etc

DH and I mainly ignored it, didn't answer for her...but told people to STFU when they drew attention to it

I did see a speech therapist (kinda perks of my job...) and she gave the same advice

it is common at this age, and the vast majority grow out of it...if it is still a problem by school age, then seek help

mine did, after about 6 months when her brain caught up with her mouth (and she got little to no extra attention)

slartybartfast11 Wed 05-Dec-12 22:51:24

2.5 year old son is doing amazingly well. Speech is well advanced for his age, putting sentences together. Going crazy on his balance bike and doing all sorts of daft things to be expected of a boy, but generally seems ahead of his age.

He has started struggling to get a few words out - you could call it a bit of a stammer. More pronounced when he is tired.

Seems to me (father), that this is due to his brain working faster than his mouth. Happens to me when I'm tired.

Seems to her (mother), that its a stammer, print outs from Stammering Organisation saying speech therapy required. Seems like an overreaction to me.

But don't let me influence responses.

Genuinely interested in thoughts on this matter - good, bad & indifferent.


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