What should I do if my child stutters?

Q: My 2-year-old stutters when she talks. Does she need speech therapy?

A: Probably not. Toddlers between 2 and 3 often repeat sounds or hesitate between syllables, and most toddler stuttering disappears in a few months. However, if your child stutters for more than three months, consult your pediatrician. In the meantime, slow your own speech down so that your child can hear each syllable, and be patient when she replies. A calm, relaxed atmosphere can help a tentative talker speak more clearly. --Natalie Walker Whitlock

Copyright 2004. Reprinted with permission from the June 2000 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009

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