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"
- Facial tics
- Eye blinks
- 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.
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