Many children show some amount of stuttering as preschoolers. However some children have a serious problem needing professional help.
Here are several signs to look for to help you determine if your child has a serious stuttering problem:
Repeating parts of a word, like "ba-ba-ba-baby"
Stamping his feet
Holding her breath
Avoiding certain words
Looks of fear or panic when he is trying to say certain words
And lastly, real struggling when talking.
If any of these are happening, it's time to ask your child's doctor to refer you to a speech therapist or speech/language pathologist for an evaluation. For more information, call the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists at 1-800-259-8519.