Stammering may just be the result of a child’s enthusiasm to tell his/her parents about something. If his/her parents ask him/her to speak slowly and carefully and say ‘What’s the hurry? Don’t stammer. People will laugh at you’, the child will become conscious of his speech and the stammering will worsen.
If your child starts stammering, avoid the temptation to correct it then and there. Such children often do not stammer if they are asked to recite a poem or sing a song that they have learnt by heart. So encourage such activities as it gives them confidence and the stuttering stops on its own after some months.
Consult a speech therapist if you find that there is no improvement in your kid’s speech even after 2 or 3 months. Request all your family members as well as teachers in her/his school to not intervene in any form and let the experts tackle the problem with the required methods and strategies and soon you will see drastic improvements in your child’s speech.
In rare cases, stammering may be a genetic or inherited condition. In such situations, your kid’s condition could get worse without any spontaneous improvement. So show him/her to a speech therapist asap without any delay.
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Source: Book - Guide to Child Care by Dr R K Anand
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