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Old 05-30-2007, 06:08 PM   #1
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3 year old stuttering

My almost 3 year old girl just started stuttering about 2 weeks ago. Its just the first word of the sentence but she'll say it about 10 times. I know its fairly normal just from reading posts on here but it is a bit unnerving. She has an incredible vocabulary usually so its so weird for her to do this. At about the same time the stuttering started she also started twirling her hair constantly. What could it be??? Any help is appreciated. I'm so scared its tourettes or some kind of neurological disorder. Thanks in advance.

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Re: 3 year old stuttering

I had a really bad stutter as a child, starting at about 3-4. Mine turned out to be problems with settling into being left-handed, like my brain couldn't decide. I know that sounds simplistic, but once I started writing and doing things properly left-handed (by age 7-8) the stutter disappeared. My mother said I kept it up longer because the nuns who taught me tried to make me write right-handed til she found out and made them stop. But, whatever, it boils down to her brain working faster than her mouth can keep up with. As her speech fluency develops, she should improve, and if she doesn't, then speech therapy can do wonders.

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Re: 3 year old stuttering

My daughter is 3 1/2 and does the same thing. She says the first word 5-10 times. I have to tell her to slow down and say it again. Her dr always told me to not correct her or to say anything about it really. I do tell her to slow down like I said and that seems to help. They have so much going on and so much to say their little brains can't process all the information. So I would say just ask her to slow down and repeat it. Just dont make a big deal of it. I believe he said they can stutter up until 8 or so w/o worries. HTH

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Re: 3 year old stuttering

my son 33 months started to stutter overnight about 4 weeks ago...the first 10 days were really bad..he almost coudn't speak anymore...we were really worried, now is already better...but we went to see a speech therapist and she gave us some good to speak with to play with him....the stuttering is going away...don't worry!!!I know what you feel because i felt the will go away soon!!!

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Re: 3 year old stuttering

It's hard not to be concerned with all these posts and information on childhood disorders. Yet, especially for a child with good vocabulary, she may just not be able to get the words out as fast as she is thinking them. When it happens, try verbally stopping her and in a calming way tell her to slow down. Like said before, Speech therapy is wonderful. It's a free service provided through a local child development agency or school district. Where I am, once a child turns three he or she is served through the public school system. The therapists are wonderful. Since it is a free service and your right as a parent, it may ease your mind to have her evaluated by a child development team. It certaily is no harm to your child, in fact, the games played in therapy are often very fun for children!

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