My three year old son Bradley has started stuttering. It gets worse when he’s tired and cranky. Apparently his grandfather on his Dad’s side had a stuttering problem all his life. I don’t want this to happen to my son. Is there treatment available? Is he going to be afflicted with this all of his whole life?
Children often outgrow stuttering. What you need to keep in mind for now is that Bradley doesn’t need any pressure. If you can provide a relaxed home environment and give him plenty of time to complete his sentences, he will be less apt to stutter. Try not to demand perfection or act negatively when he stutter. Since some kids outgrow their stuttering, you may want to wait three to six months to have Bradley evaluated by a speech-language pathologist. With your patience and some time, it’s possible that his stuttering will clear up on its own. If his problem continues, the treatment is usually speech therapy with the speech-language pathologist. Apparently the experts have decided that drug therapy isn’t very effective and has some risk. Boys are more likely to have stuttering problems than girls and stuttering is a speech problem rather than an emotional or psychological problem. Your best way to deal with this right now is to take a wait and see attitude, be patient and supportive, make sure that others don’t pressure Bradley and seek treatment if the problem doesn’t clear up in a few months.