This week, we are are so lucky to have Shelagh Orlikowski, the DLST Graduate Intern, here to talk with us about stuttering. When SLPs determine that a child has a fluency disorder (our term for stuttering), one of the first questions parents ask us is, “Will this go away?” As Shelagh explains, it is complicated....
Children can go through periods of disfluency, or stuttering, when they’re developing new vocabulary or language skills. This is called developmental stuttering. Thus, many medical professionals, some SLPs included, opt for a “wait and see” approach. It is often recommended that parents monitor their child’s speech for 6 months after they notice suspected stuttering and then seek an evaluation and interventions. I guess I can understand this. I’m a panic-er by nature. Sometimes I need to take a step back and evaluate situations before I act because if I acted on everything I panicked about, I basically would be at my doctor’s office everyday!
So, how do you know if it’s time to seek services for a “true” stutter? For me, there are a few signs of stuttering of which parents should be aware.
So, how do you know if it’s time to seek services? For me, there are a few signs of stuttering of which parents should be aware.