Early symptoms of stuttering appear when your child is between twenty to twenty four months old. This is the time a child begins to catch and pick up words, form vocabulary and start to structure and form sentences. If you feel your child is stuttering at this age, this is not uncommon as many children stutter at this age, and this may go away with time. However, if you feel this is progressing, and your child is stuttering as he or she is growing, it is important to get your child examined by a speech therapist or a child’s specialist at the Children’s Hospital service line at The Aga Khan University Hospital.
The stuttering is usually accompanied by a specific facial movement, and your child may also pause between words while putting together a sentence. A child may stutter for a few weeks or several months, and the stuttering may be sporadic. Most kids who begin stuttering before the age of 5 stop doing so without any need for interventions, such as speech or language therapy.
You may wish to seek help if your child:
repeats whole words and phrases, and this feature become excessive and consistent
has unusual facial or body movements along with the stuttering
sound and syllable repetitions start happening more frequent
increasingly prolonging words
changes word choices for fear of stuttering
has specific difficulty or strain during speech
tries to avoid situations that require talking
has increased facial tension or tightness in the speech muscles
has vocal tension resulting in rising pitch or loudness
You may also have other concerns about your child's speech