Stammering is a purely psychological problem. When the child goes to school for the first time, he is scared due to distance from the parents.
In a state of confusion, his facial muscles start to get tight. In such a situation, the child begins to speak with words stuck and stretched long. Gradually it becomes his habit.
Children between three and five years of age may have this problem. According to doctors, such children are more emotional from the early stages. Five percent of the children in whom this defect is found begin to speak well on their own without any help or treatment.
Stuttering also results from not having a good grasp of the child’s language. Sometimes fear also affects the ability to speak. By the age of 9–12 years, this defect starts decreasing in children.
Speech therapists try to keep the child relaxed after knowing the state of mind (fear, blushing, being uncomfortable, etc.). This is followed by continuous practice that improves the child’s confidence when his or her pronunciation improves.
What do parents do?
Keep the child away from fear and stress.
If the child stutters, do not make fun of him.
Motivate the child to speak more and more.
Avoid discussing the defect in the presence of the child.
If the child gets stuck while uttering a sentence, listen to it patiently and let him complete his sentence.
Encourage the child to narrate the story, poem, song etc. and encourage him by praising him.