Health Tip: If Your Child Stutters

By on June 23, 2010

Stuttering is an interrupted pattern of speech, often characterized by words, letters or syllables being repeated or delayed.

The Nemours Foundation suggests what parents should do when a child stutters:

  • Avoid pushing your child to speak perfectly. Instead, make conversation relaxed, and don’t appear frustrated or upset.
  • Promote family conversations over meals, and turn off the TV to avoid distraction.
  • Don’t correct your child when he or she speaks, which could lead to more self-consciousness.
  • Avoid interrupting your child, or giving your child instructions on speaking.
  • Make sure you are clear and deliberate when you speak to or around your child.
  • Allow your child to speak freely, and don’t speak for your child.

Source: HealthDay

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