Advice for parents who have children who stutter
Filed under: Development/Milestones: Babies
Stuttering is an involuntary repetition or extension of certain sounds that can be triggered by genetics, other speech disorders, stress and neurophysiologic abnormalities. The Stuttering Foundation recently offered a few suggestions to the parents of children who stutter:
- 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 his or her stutter.
- Let your child speak freely, and comment when necessary on what he or she has to say.
- Have quiet time alone with your child each day, without interruptions or distractions. Having your undivided attention will help build your child 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.
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.