Health Tip: If Your Child Stutters

Be patient, and help her relax

(HealthDay News) -- Stuttering, an involuntary repetition or extension of certain sounds, can be triggered by genetics, other speech disorders, stress and neurophysiologic abnormalities.

If your child stutters, the Stuttering Foundation offers these suggestions:

  • Speak slowly and clearly to your child. Try to convey in your facial expressions and other body language that you are patient and listening to what she has to say, not to her stutter.
  • Let her speak freely, and comment when necessary on what she has to say.
  • Have quiet time alone with your child each day, without interruptions or distractions. Having your undivided attention will help build her confidence and encourage her to talk freely.
  • You and other family members should be conscientious about not interrupting, but listening carefully. Everyone should talk in turn, and not rush others.
  • Try not to be critical of your child, and be sure she knows that you support and accept her.

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