How to Deal with Your Kid’s Stuttering at an Early Age

Stuttering by itself is not painful, but its effects are quite traumatizing. From the outside, it’s characterized by the interruption of speech. Beneath the surface, it goes far beyond the interruption of speech.

Practically speaking, stuttering has the potential to handicap an easy life. It’s an obstacle that always stays on the forefront of the victim’s mind and life.

A kid suffering from stuttering might become a detached person. His grades can suffer. Moreover, his confidence and self-esteem can take a nosedive as well. Overall, it can be a maniac heartbreaker.

Before you know, your kid might turn into a self-made dedicated loser and a difficulty-avoider. So, how do you stop all this? Let’s learn how to deal with our kid’s stuttering from an early age.

Acceptance/Support

Stuttering anywhere and everywhere can be classified as a need and definitely not a choice. Generally speaking, it’s an out of the syllabus issue that might have made home in your kid’s life like an uninvited guest.

As life goes on, the untamed tongue might leave him with some worst stuttering memories to live with. All of this can be prevented or curbed with your help.

Your kid should be taught that stuttering is not something that one should be ashamed about. Don’t make him feel like it’s some kind of a mental disorder. There is absolutely no need for him to clench his fists by the side or bury his face and cry.

As a parent, you will not only have to accept him the way he is, but also support him throughout the journey. Do not interrupt or try to finish his statements, maintain eye contact, and encourage him to express himself.

Talk to their Teachers

If the teacher is made aware of the situation, don’t you think that the teacher will know how to deal with the kid appropriately?

Teachers will be able to adapt to a slower style of communication in the classroom, while treating the kids who stutter like any other student. By focusing on positive communications, teachers will be able to boost the student’s self-esteem and confidence level.

When it comes to oral presentations, some flexibility can be adapted to incorporate a certain degree of variations to best meet the student’s need. Encouraging their active participation and offering them the occasional flexibility of choice to speak can go a long way in helping them through the schooling days without feeling helpless and worried. So, offer some suggestions to your kid’s teacher to ensure that the kid does not get unnecessarily criticized.

Avoid Triggers

Not many parents or caretakers out there realize that stuttering can increase naturally due to tiredness or stress. Out of the blue routine can create an imbalance in your kid’s life and elevate stuttering.

Therefore, it’s important to ensure that the child follows a structured routine. Moreover, one should ensure that the kid receives a good amount of sleep and nutritious food to best combat the triggers that can feed stuttering.

Professional Help

Unfortunately, there is no cure for stuttering. Although the underlying cause of stuttering is still a mystery, one can do a lot of things to downplay its effect. With professional treatment, a child can be taught how to speak fluently.

Remember, stuttering therapies work best in the early years of life, especially below the age of five. Therefore, it’s important to seek professional assistance when the child is still young.

Conclusion

Stuttering is common between the ages of 2-3 years. Kids are still learning how to talk properly at this stage of their lives. If the stuttering continues beyond a certain age, then parents will have to take vigilant efforts at the earliest to educate, empower and support their kids.

So, don’t let your kids suffer in silence anymore, and let them enjoy the independence they deserve.  Each day of their lives should be filled with acceptance and joy, and not private agony or pain, which can impair their personal development and even studies.

Sandra Cobain
 

Sandra is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she's not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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