When to seek help for stuttering

Enrichment Therapies

November 1, 2012

I am often asked by parents if they should seek therapy for their child’s stuttering.  My answer is usually this, “It depends.”  If your child is younger than 5, if he/she is getting stuck on syllables for example “mo-mo-mom” or “ca-ca-ca-ca-cat” (consonant and vowel are in the repeated sound) and they have been experiencing this for less than 6 months, I wouldn’t worry about it at this point.  It is not uncommon for kids to have a “clumsy stage” with their speech.  These typical dysfluencies are more common in boys and usually last no more than 5-6 months.  However, if your child is older than 6 years, has had this dysfluency for more than 6 months or if any of the following characteristics are noted consult a Speech-Language Pathologist: 1. Experiencing an increase in the frequency of stuttering 2. Facial grimacing (blinking eyes, stain facial expression, nodding head, abnormal mouth movement, etc) 3.  Getting “stuck” on one sound (e.g. b-b-b-b-ball or c-c-c-c-c-cat). If you have any questions at all feel free to contact us for a FREE consultation. At Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center, we are here to help.


Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech-language therapy and tutoring as well as offering small group academic programs.  At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success.  Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.

info@enrichmenttherapies.com

740 Community Drive, Unit A

North Liberty, IA 52317

319-626-2553

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5530 West Pkwy, Suite 300

Johnston, IA 50131

515-419-4270

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