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2003-12-30
Name: Mable My son has completed 5 years of age. He has started stammering since the age of 3. I am really worried. I had taken him to the speech therapist, but no improvement.

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2005-06-21
#1
Name: geeta
Subject:  query
Date: 2005-06-20
Name: geeta
Subject: very urgent help required

dear mabel,
felt very sad about your son's stammering as i know what a pain can parents have as my son of 6 yrs.who has started stammering since last year. We are helping him with occupational & speach thearapist and child psychologist, but there is no adequate result.What are you doing for your son, can you tell me some suggestions for my son too.
You can reply me urgently on
geeta_rane09@yahoo.co.in
Thank You.
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2005-06-20
#2
Name: geeta
Subject:  very urgent help required
dear,
felt very sad about your son's stammering as i know what a pain can parents have as my son of 6 yrs.who has started stammering since last year. We are helping him with occupational & speach thearapist and child psychologist, but there is no adequate result.What are you doing for your son, can you tell me some suggestions for my son too.
You can reply me urgently on
geeta_rane09@yahoo.co.in
Thank You.
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2004-06-26
#3
Name: ulkesh
Subject:  Stammer
What is normal dysfluency in young children?
Pausing, repeating words or sounds (\";can, can, can I\";, or \";mu mu mu
mummy\";), stopping and starting again are the sorts of dysfluencies that
occur when children are learning to talk. Many have episodes of obvious
dysfluency during the years of very rapid language development (2-5 years)
and at other times during childhood when there are extra pressures to speak
well. A child who is slow in using sentences or in speaking clearly may be
particularly sensitive to communication pressure.
Information for parents of school-age children - British Stammering Association Page 2 of 6

What is stammering (or stuttering)?
When normal dysfluencies occur so often that they interfere with talking or
cause distress to either the speaker or the listener, then stammering may
develop. If relaxed repetitions or stretched out sounds become very tense
and the child struggles to finish a word then he or she may be stammering.
However, there are many children who experience these problems with
talking who don't develop a stammer. It is impossible to tell for sure which
children will pass through a stage of stammering and which will not, so it is
always best to do whatever we can to make speaking easier for the child.
Why do some children have problems with speaking
fluently?
A child is likely to feel confident and happy when there is a balance between
the demands that are made, the child's ability to meet these and the amount
of support that is given. Here are some examples of the demands, abilities
and supports that can affect speaking:
Demands can arise from what people actually do or say as well as what the
child thinks they want.
People may demand: good, clear speech; answers to lots of questions;
information; grown-up behaviour; quick replies.
The child may want to: do things well; please parents and other adults; be
liked by other children; talk frequently about needs, wants, hurts and
pleasures.
The situation may be: noisy, busy, frightening, exciting, tiring, competitive,
there may be interruptions and lots of talking.
Communication abilities. To speak in fluent sentences children need to:
know lots of words; know how to put words together (grammar); think
quickly of the 'right word' or correct sentence to say what they really mean;
listen and understand what others say; learn which sounds we use in our
language and how they are put together to form words.
They must also develop motor or mechanical skills so that they can copy the
sounds that others use in order to be understood; co-ordinate all the
muscles used for breathing and speaking; control the muscles to move
quickly and smoothly from one sound to the next.
These abilities are affected by how the child feels as well as by the demands
placed upon him. When the child feels: happy, confident, listened to, sure of
the content etc., then it's easier to speak well. When the child feels: upset,
tired, unwell, over-excited, unimportant etc., then speaking can be difficult
Support. It can be difficult to offer support to others when we are anxious
ourselves. However, trying to take the child's view changes our focus and
makes helping possible. Then we can do those things that make the child feel
loved and wanted as well as all the little things that help in particular
situations, for example:
Information for parents of school-age children - British Stammering Association Page 3 of 6

Listening attentively
Responding kindly and uncritically.
Offering physical support when needed
Helping the child to feel safe.
Being encouraging.
Helping others understand our child.
Speaking is easier when Abilities and Support balance Demands.
Is stammering inherited?
As far as we know, it is not so much the stammer that is inherited but rather
particular patterns of language development and particular strengths and
weakness in different areas of language skill. This means that some children
need more support and fewer demands in order to develop their speaking
skills in their own good time.
Once a child has developed basic language and articulation skills, it is easier
to deal with more complicated ideas and communication pressures.
How does a stammer develop?
Too many demands, which the child is not mature enough to meet, can
increase dysfluency which can develop into stammering, especially if the
child is very sensitive to failure. There are also things that a child may think
and do that can make the problem worse, for example:
A belief or feeling that speaking dysfluently is shameful or wrong.
Concentration on the detailed mechanics of speaking may lead to selfconsciousness
and more mistakes.
Trying harder to speak fluently may turn relaxed repetitions into tense
stoppages as the child tries to force the word out.
In trying to understand stammering certain words, people or situations may
be blamed. Avoidance of these to reduce stammering may lead to constant
scanning ahead and changing of words and so to less and less confidence in
speaking abilities.
The experience of a loss of control while speaking can be humiliating. As a
society we think badly of people who are unable to control their body and its
functions.
A feeling that they are seriously different from others may make
children feel isolated and lonely.
What sort of speaking situations can lead to more
Information for parents of school-age children - British Stammering Association Page 4 of 6

What sort of speaking situations can lead to more
dysfluency?
Speaking to adults who talk very quickly.
Speaking while having to look high up to see the listener's face.
Speaking when you think you will be interrupted.
Speaking to someone who is not really listening.
Speaking when you fear the consequences of what you say.
Speaking when you do not want to or when you have nothing to say.
Speaking when very tired, upset, or feeling unwell.
Speaking in a rush when you have a lot to say or a complex idea to express.
What can we do to make speaking easier for a child?
Look at the child and get your face on the same physical level
Speak in language that can be understood easily
Talk about the present and things that can be seen
Reduce the number of questions that you ask, allow your child to choose
when to tell you things
Give your child time, slow your own speech, show that you are listening and
interested
If your child is very dysfluent then reduce demands. Maybe return to some
of the favourite books, rhymes, games and activities to help your child feel
the security of the familiar.
How can we take the focus off speech?
Find time to do things with your child that do not require much talking and
where the activity or looking or listening is more important than speaking.
Spontaneous, easy talking may occur naturally as a result of the shared
experience.
Is there anything parents should avoid doing?
Try not to get stuck with responses that you know are not helping. You can
experiment with ways of helping especially if you can discuss them first with
a speech and language therapist. Try to put yourself in your child's shoes,
look at speaking situations from his or her point of view and think about what
may help. Avoid encouraging tricks, that is, things that we do not normally
do in relaxed conversations but which improve fluency for a short while, for
example: taking a deep breath, shutting our eyes or speaking with an
accent. Other, more usual ways of increasing fluency can be tried. If
Information for parents of school-age children - British Stammering Association Page 5 of 6
accent. Other, more usual ways of increasing fluency can be tried. If
something helps then continue, if not then stop and think again. For example,
you may find that slowing your own rate of speech helps whereas telling your
child to slow down just increases frustration. Do not correct
mispronunciations or grammatical mistakes. Just say the correct version for
your child to hear.
Do not blame yourself, you have not caused the stammer. Try to think
optimistically about all the things that you can do to help your child speak
more fluently. To say \";don't worry\"; is unfair since it is probably impossible not
to worry. However, if you can remain attentive and calm when your child
gets stuck while talking, then your positive attitude may help him or her to
feel confident.
Are there other things to do?
Discuss with your partner the things that each of you find influences how
comfortable you feel when talking. Children often respond to similar
pressures. List the factors that have a negative and positive effect on your
child.
Try to put into words your child's upset and difficult feelings, this will help
him or her to feel understood and supported. Do some of the things that you
and your child enjoy and where speaking is not especially important.
Be encouraging. Stammering can undermine children's confidence so that
they fail to notice their achievements and everything becomes overshadowed
by failures with speaking.
Reduce the pressures on all members of the family including yourselves. Do
not worry about 'good manners', just give a good example and your child will
learn. Do anything that makes talking and listening enjoyable. If your child
seems aware of stammering then talk gently to him about it. Some adults
who stammer felt during childhood that there was a 'conspiracy of silence'
which made them feel ashamed of their stammering. Uncritical and open
discussion can help.
Try to be consistent in your handling of all your children. Being clear about
family rules helps everyone to feel secure. Consistency with bedtimes,
eating, discipline, etc., can reduce battles and also help to avoid excessive
tiredness and irritability. Do seek the help of a speech and language therapist
at your local health centre. In most districts you can make direct contact,
there is no need to go to a doctor or health visitor first. It does not matter
how young your child is, most therapists like to see a family as soon as they
are worried rather than wait until the stammering is developed and so harder
to deal with. Therapists are careful not to increase a child's awareness of
stammering so they often work mainly with the parents, though an older child
may be more directly involved in therapy.
Finally, do discuss this information with your partner, and with anyone
else who has regular contact with your child. Remember also that you
are not alone in your concern over your child's speech, there are many
other parents who at some stage have also been worried.
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2005-06-20
#4
Name: geeta
Subject:  urgent request
dear Ulkesh,
My son has started stammering, he is under treatment of Occupational theraphist, child physchologist etc. but no adequate results. Is there any kind of medication or any other treatment required for him. He has completed 6 yrs and this problem started since past 1 year. Also he has not stopped bed wetting as yet.
I have gone thr. your reply for mable on 26/6/04.
Please help me if you can for my queries
thank you
geeta
geeta_rane09@yahoo.co.in
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2004-03-23
#5
Name: vinoth
Subject:  stammer
Hi,
I had suffered a lot because of stammering. I started stammering when i was around 3 and now iam 27.
First check whether it is because of physical or psychological reasons. My case was psychological reasons. My parents took me to variuos doctors and did various kinds of tests. Finally when i was 17 years old we came to know about a psychartist in chennai and it turned out to be breaking point and now iam fine. I had a trainning session for 1 week and my entire attitude got changed.
Naturally iam a strong minded person and but when it comes to talk infront of strangers i will get some kind of excitation and start stammer. but after a while i will talk noramlly.
Please don't dell that stammering was caused because of that my child was brough by my in-laws or some stupid reasons. If you feel so than you take the resposibility.
If it is not because of physical reasons it is curable. It is just find the root cause.
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2006-09-07
#6
Name: aish
Subject:  stammering
can u please give me the name of that psychatrist in chennai. i desperately need it.please help
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2005-06-10
#7
Name: geeta
Subject:  query
dear,
you have said you stammering problem was gone just with a training session for 1 week. Can you tell what is it exatly where is it conducted in mumbai if you can help. this is for my son of 6 yrs.who has started stammering since last year. We are helping him with occupational, speach thearapist and child psychologist, but there is no adequate result.
You can reply me on geeta_rane09@yahoo.co.in
Thank You.
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2005-02-14
#8
Name: sunitha
Subject:  stammer
Hi,
Mr.Vinoth, can you please give me the name & address of the psycologist? my daughter too has the same problem & we were told it is psycological. we are based in chennai.
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2004-02-24
#9
Name: ss
Subject:  hi
Hi, try homeo treatment. There are good medicines in homeopathy. where do u live? also it is easier to correct in young kids.
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2006-09-07
#10
Name: aish
Subject:  stammering
hi,u were talking about homeopathy treatment for stammering.i did not know abt that.can u please give me more information regarding that treatment?u were saying its more easy to correct that in young children.does it really work.plz help me.i dont want my baby to suffer.please help.waiting for ur reply
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2005-06-10
#11
Name: geeta
Subject:  query
dear,
you have suggested for some homeopathy treatment, can you describe it properly as what is the medicine or where the doctor to be consulted. We are from Mumbai. This is for my son who has started stammering since one year, now he is 6 years old. We are helping him with occupational, speach thearapist and child psychologist, but there is no adequate result.
You can reply me on geeta_rane09@yahoo.co.in
Thank You.
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2004-02-10
#12
Name: Kara
Subject:  stammering
I woudl talk with you pediatrician. If you have vaccinated your child that is one of the signs of mercury ( a presevative in vaccinations) poisioning and they may be able to help you or at least refer you to someone.
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2004-02-09
#13
Name: Kavita
Subject:  Stammering
I too have a 3 yr old daughter who stammers at the start of a sentence. I have noticed that she does this only for a few days in a week or few hours in a day. My parents who are 70 yrs old have been looking after her during the day time since the past 6 months. She has started stammering since then. I am quite upset about it. My parents attribute this problem to me and my husband. Infact I feel that we are all responsible for this to take place. Kindly tell me which speech therapist can I goto currently in Hyderabad, India.


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2004-01-25
#14
Name: Kavita
Subject:  Hi
Try to make hime recite these. Reward him and encourage him when he does it succesfully. Try to be unilingula and see if that will help. Keep me posted. Good luck.

http://www.englishclub.narod.ru/twisters/twisters_14.htm
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