Little Kids That Stutter End Up Just Fine in the End, Says Study

August 28, 2013  |  
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Stuttering: it’s common enough but when it’s your kid, you still worry. Will he get teased? Will he be able to keep up in school? Thankfully, you can breathe a sigh of release. A new study published in Pediatrics finds that children who stutter as preschoolers turn out just fine emotionally and socially.

Researchers followed over 1,600 children from babyhood through age 4. Eleven percent of those kids developed a stutter, with boys being more likely to stutter than girls. Earlier research (and anecdotal evidence) said young children who stutter had trouble with school, especially verbal learning. But according to Pediatrics,  “interestingly, the study found the reverse was true, with stuttering associated with better language development, non-verbal skills with no identifiable effect on the child’s mental health or temperament”. Still, recovery was fairly low, with 6.3 of little stutterers outgrowing the habit, and boys being more likely to stop than girls. And when it came

Worried about your little one’s speech? Experts recommend waiting at least 12 months before starting any kind of speech therapy unless your kid seems to be seriously distressed about it. Until the one-year mark, you can just wait and see.

Did your child have a stuttering problem as a toddler?

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