Stuttering, sometimes called stammering, is the condition in which the flow of speech is broken by abnormal stoppages, repetitions, or prolongations of sounds and syllables. These dysfluencies may also be accompanied by observable facial and body movements.
Many children between the ages of 2 and 4 years go through a stage when they seem to stutter. This disfluent speech can be very disturbing to parents. Is this a stage the child will outgrow or the first sign of a long-term fluency problem? Early stuttering may be variable in its appearance; that is, children have "good" days (with very little stuttering-like speech) and "bad" days (with lots of stuttering-like speech) or even good weeks and bad weeks.
A speech-language pathologist will be able to tell you whether your child's hesitations and sound or word repetitions are similar to those of other children of the same age or whether they may be early signs of stuttering.
Characteristics of Stuttering:
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