Red Flags in stuttering and speech therapy options.
We’re going to talk about the Red Flags in regards to stuttering and speech therapy options. What exactly is stuttering? Is an interruption of the effort flow of natural speech. Therefore it is a disfluency. Disfluency is a big umbrella where stuttering falls under.
Kids acquire the most amount of language from the year of 2-5 years old. At that point, the brain is tacks learning s many different vocabulary words and doing so many different skills, learning so many new things. Language is the big, big part of your brain being stress out from the years of 2 to 5. Sometimes developmental stuttering occurs from the ages of 2 to 5 and this is all characterized because your brain is doing so many different function that stuttering may occur.
What is developmental stuttering?
Occurs in children from 2 to 5 and most of these kids start to stutter by repeating words. They would either repeat a syllable such as “I,” or they can repeat a phrase, “I like cookies.” They could repeat a word, “I like, I like, I like cookies” or two words. Usually, kids who starts to stutter repeat units of two. Once they repeat the word twice, it’s considered a form of stuttering.
There’s an also different form of stuttering, there’s prolongations, which is elongating a word so you could say, “I— like cookies.” That’s a form of stuttering. The last form of stuttering is called “blocks” which is blocking the air from your vocal chords to be able to produce a sound such as, “I like cookies.” These are the three basic core behaviors under the umbrella of what we call “stuttering.” Can spontaneously recover by itself, it depends on many factors. Usually, the kids who got cured by themselves are usually females. It’s hereditary. The genes actually have their recovery factors. There’s many different ways and factors that could help you recover by itself. 75% of the kids who have developmental stuttering have spontaneous recovery. Most of the kids who stutter are boys. It is a predominantly male disorder. There are four boys to every one girl who stutters.
When you have a child that you think is stuttering, the best thing to do is to get the child to a speech therapist as soon as possible. A lot of the times, stuttering has to do with self-esteem so if the child is not aware of doing it, it can actually be beneficial to be able to make it better. Once the child starts to notice that there’s something wrong in his speech pattern and people are making fun of him, stuttering can become worst.
What can you do as a parent if you see that your child is stuttering? Like I said, the first thing to do is take them to a speech pathologist and there’s different tips on what to do at home. The best tips I recommend if you think your child might be stuttering is to talk really, really slow at the house, to include a lot of pauses in every word that you say, use a pause. Do not interrupt your kids when they’re speaking, do not speak for your kids, do not rush your kids and try really hard to not make your kids feel that they’re being pressured and that they are being looked at and that they’re speeches are under some sort of malfunction.
Kids are really, really good on noticing when something is wrong. They want to please their parents and most of the kids who stutter always feel the pressure to please their parents. The number one tip would be is to make sure that your kid feels comfortable and that you’re not giving your kids a hard task so they don’t feel that they have a lot of pressure.
If you’re looking for any other information about stuttering, you can contact us. My name is Patricia Ruiz. I’m a Speech-Language Pathologist from Miami Speech Institute. We do help a lot of kids with stuttering. I do know a lot of tips and a lot of different tricks and techniques that we can do to help out the kids.