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DS has started stuttering - what do I do?

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LadyOfWaffle Thu 09-Jul-09 10:02:49

I noticed it the past week or so, but thought maybe it was him using bigger sentences but not well yet. School wrote about it in his little book yesterday so I have really listened and it's bad! It's not all the time, but he goes "I-I-I-I-I want an orange" or "mum mum mu mummy mummy mummy mu mummy..." I thought maybe they were refering to when he sometimes says a word and says "tuh tuh tuh tractor" (phonetically saying the T) which I was doing with him to practise the letters he was learning at school at week! Have I caused it? This is different, he doesn't seem aware of this whereas he does when he does "tuh for..." and looks pleased. Do I go to GP? How can I help in the meantime? DO I stop him and get him to say it slowly? Ignore it?

madwomanintheattic Thu 09-Jul-09 10:10:59

it's a normal developmental stage for younger children - just their brains going too fast for their mouths to keep up lol, but he seems a little old (assume he is yr r?)
usual advice is to ignore and monitor for a while - you could pop in and ask his teacher if she's noticed anything unusual?
i wouldn't panic if it is just a few days - sometimes mine have done really odd things for a week or two and then never again.
i'd leave gp for a bit and see what happens.
school usually pick up speech issues v quickly, so i would speak to them first.

LadyOfWaffle Thu 09-Jul-09 10:33:56

He is 3.3. It's really bad when he does it I can't get to the school for ages - childminder takes him.

madwomanintheattic Thu 09-Jul-09 11:04:09

at 3.3 it's a completely normal stage - honestly. i only mentioned school as i thought he was yr r doing spellings etc and i would keep an eye on it in an older child.

at 3.3 it's very very common, and does not require any intervention.

all 3 of mine have been through similar, honestly. smile

if it carries on for months then ask gp or hv if he needs any help, but honestly, it's perfectly normal at that age. smile

madwomanintheattic Thu 09-Jul-09 11:06:28

with dd2, if it went on and was causing her frustration, i would just say, 'stop, take a breath, think about what you want to say and try again', but really, unless it is causing distress it is best to ignore - it is just a stage that will pass very soon - a couple of months.

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