I would love any advise someone can give me. My son is 3 and seems to have a stuttering and first letter sound problem. We are having him looked at because it does not seem to be age appropriate. Has anyone gone through this I would love any help.
When my son was about that age (he is 18 now), he stuttered. He could not get the word out that he wanted. I asked the speech pathologist at the school where I was and he said that kids' thoughts are way faster than their speech ability as toddlers. I let it go and did not make any mention of it to my son and eventually he grew out of it. If the stuttering had continued, I would have sought help. But he has been fine ever since.
My daughter had this problem. She had an older sibling who spoke up to complete her sentences for her. We decided the stammering was caused by her fear that she wouldn't get to finish what she was saying. We talked to him about letting her finish and gave him silent signals to remind him. That solved the problem for us.
I agree that it is better not to call attention to it.
My son stuttered for a short period of time at about that age, too (maybe a little older). I think w/ him it was more of a nervous tic (several of which my son has had over the years; none last very long). I would maybe wait it out and see; if it doesn't seem to be taking care of itself, then there are probably a lot of options out there.
It is developmentally appropriate for a child to stutter at that age. I am a Speech Pathologist by training (although I now teach 4th grade) and my own son did it. My mother had a fit. I knew it was just his brain thinking faster than his mouth and tongue. I know it's difficult but don't make a big fuss over it. Let him work it out. Don't tell him to slow down. Just be patient. Fussing over this could cause even more problems. If in later years it continues to be a problem, then seek help. Stuttering therapy needs more cognitve skills than a 3 year old is capable of. My son is 23 now, and he quit stuttering before Kindergarten. I bet he doesn't even remember it.
Stuttering is something most children out grow. Reading to the children is great. Books on tape work part time. Learning to ride a bike. Big lollipops. Buy a bottle of bubbles and let the child blow bubbles.