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
Gender Male
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.