Certain factors may place children at risk for stuttering. Knowing these factors will help you decide whether or not your child needs to see a speech pathologist.
Stuttering is characterised by:
- Whole word repetition (can, can, can you)
- Initial syllable or sound repetition (mu. mu, mummy)
- Inability to get a word out (blocking)
|Risk Factor||More likely to continue to stutter||True for my child|
|Family history of stuttering||A parent, sibling or family member who still stutters|
|Age of onset||After 3 years 6 months of age|
|Time since onset of stutter||Stutter present for longer than 6 months|
If your child has one or more of the risk factors above, please contact our speech pathologists who can advise you what to do.