As children learn to speak, pauses and repetitions of syllables or words are normal. Parents typically notice episodes of stuttering interspersed with periods of normal speech. The stuttering that is seen in this age group is developmental in nature due to the acquisition of new language. In essence, the child can think of words faster than he can say them. Developmental stuttering occurs in children from 18 months to four years of age. It usually resolves in three to six months. It is different from true stuttering, which is seen in older children and adults.
Toddlers who stutter demonstrate some or all of the following symptoms:
If you notice any of these symptoms, consider discussing them with your child’s doctor. The approach that is usually recommended includes the following: