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My child is stuttering
Keisha Brooklyn
You won’t like my answer, but the best thing you can do is do nothing at all. All young children repeat syllables or words a great deal. We do something of the same thing as adults when we fill our sentences with irrelevant words, most commonly, “You know.” Listen to athletes being interviewed after a big game, or people on the evening news describing a tornado. Sometimes we just stick in “Uh” and let it go at that.

Do your best not to tell him to slow down or repeat something he said; just wait out the hesitations and repetitions patiently. If you know what he is trying to say, respond to it as though it had come out fluently. Also, I would teach him a few word games and songs to give him some confidence. Children are less likely to repeat when they know what words are going to be needed.

If it is still a problem after he is about 3½, have him seen by a speech therapist.
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education