Last time we shared that stuttering is NOT caused by parents. It can be influenced by the home environment, however this is not the primary cause. The fact is, stuttering is influenced by a number of factors that are within the child.
Stuttering is a neurological dysfunction involving:
That’s a lot of different factors! And they all interact with each other. For example, a child may stutter if they have advanced language skills, but their motor skills (for talking) are underdeveloped. Their brains may be trying to get their mouths to move faster than they are able to. Many stuttering therapies focus on reducing the demands of the child, to improve their capacity for smooth speech.
Another question you may have is how long will my child stutter for? Will they just grow out of it? Studies have shown that there are a number of factors that can influence the persistence of a stutter.
A child is more likely to continue stuttering if:
If you have a child who stutters and you are unsure if they will need some extra help to resolve it, book in with your local speech pathologist for some help! Speech Pathologists are trained to assess and treat people who stutter, of all ages.
Written by Jonathon Cronk – Speech Pathologist
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