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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: v | 2006/04/16

Q.

Stuttering

I have a 2 1/2 year old boy (middle child - a daughter 5 years & a baby boy 2 months). Until recently he has displayed no signs of stuttering and has been able to speak in short sentences, make requests and answer questions with no hassles. He has started watching tv - children programmes where some of the characters stutter, and for 3 weeks now has taken to occassionally stuttering on any random word. He has never done this in the past. He might go for a whole day without stuttering only to resume this at any unexpected time or with any word. Is this something he will "outgrow" or is this reason for concern - possible necessary to see a speech therapist ?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

At this stage he seems to be copying the stuttering he heard on the TV programme.Give him a bit of a chance and see what happens. If he is still stuttering by the age of 3 years he should see a speech therapist.

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