Fluency/Stuttering

Everyone has times where they do not speak clearly. However, some children experience what is called stuttering which causes difficulty with their ability to communicate clearly with others. Stuttering is often characterized by blocks, prolongations, or repetitions. Blocks happen when a child has a hard time getting their speech out. Repetitions are characterized by repeating parts of speech, whether it is repeating a word in a sentence, repeating the first sound in a word, or part of a word. Prolongations are characterized by stretching out a sound in a word for a long time. Stuttering changes from day to day and excitement or stress can increase or decrease how fluent a child's speech is.  Stuttering can also be accompanied by the feeling of tenseness in your body or a physical sensation of not being able to get your words out. It is important to be patient, understanding, and encouraging for children who experience stuttering. Here you will be able to locate resources to help your child learn to understand their stutter and strategies that might help with producing fluent speech more frequently.