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Children and stuttering; Speech disfluency; Stammering
There is no one best treatment for stuttering. Most early cases are short-term and resolve on their own.
Speech therapy may be helpful if:
Speech therapy can help make the speech more fluent or smooth, and can help the child feel better about the stuttering.
Parents are encouraged to:
Drug therapy has NOT been shown to be helpful for stuttering.
It is not clear whether electronic devices help with stuttering.
Self-help groups are often helpful for both the child and family.
In most children who stutter, the phase passes and speech returns to normal within 3 or 4 years. Stuttering that begins after a child is 8 - 10 years old is more likely to last into adulthood.
Possible complications of stuttering include social problems caused by the fear of ridicule, which may make a child avoid speaking entirely.
Call your provider if:
Prasse JE, Kikano GE. Stuttering: an overview. Am Fam Physician. 2008;77(9):1271-1276.
Stuttering. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. NIDCD. NIH Pub. No. 10-4232. Updated March 2010. Reviewed OCtober 2008.
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