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post #21 of 36

My experience with stuttering is, admittedly, really unusual.  However, it's worth mentioning because it sounds like your son's issue is relatively new and intermittent?


My (presumably identical) twin sons were born extremely premature and have had abnormal brain-wave patterns since birth, which suggest a potential seizure disorder.  However, neither of them actually HAD a seizure until 1st grade.  (The other twin didn't have a seizure until 5th grade.)  The one who had the seizure at the younger age had an intermittent stuttering issue that began several months before the seizure.  In the weeks before the seizure, it grew increasingly worse until he was so bothered by it that he stopped talking altogether.  The twins were already in speech therapy and additional therapies that were tried for the stuttering had no effect whatsoever.  In fact, as you have suggested, the focus on the stuttering almost seemed to make it worse, in the sense that my son was more reluctant to TRY talking because everyone was so aware of the stuttering.  


I was under extreme pressure from family members to put him in daily speech therapy, or fly him out of state to a "better" hospital, for some sort of intensive treatment, but I had the strong sense that more intense focus on the issue was not the right answer.  On the flip side, his therapists were not that concerned about it and seemed to think such speech problems can be par for the course, with a kid who already had speech issues.  However, he was being treated for pronunciation issues and I just knew this new development meant something was seriously wrong.


Then he had a grand mal seizure and began taking trileptol.  The stuttering improved immediately after the seizure and almost completely vanished after several weeks, as he built up the appropriate level of medication in his system.  His speech therapist refused to believe the two were related, although it was just so obvious to me.  His neurologist doubted me, but suggested that the stuttering could be tiny "absence" seizures.


I should clarify that what I'm calling "stuttering" was often actually "blocking".  Instead of "W-w-what's f-f-for dinner?  I h-h-hope it's m-m-m-meatloaf," he might say, "What's for dinner?  Ner.  Ner.  Ner, I hope it's.  I hope it's meatloaf."  Right before the period when he stopped talking, he might only be able to get through "What's for din-" and would repeat that, or the last few syllables, until he got so frustrated he just wouldn't try to finish what he wanted to say.  


Eventually, I took him off the trileptol because it just seemed senseless to medicate a kid for the rest of his life, if he was going to average one seizure per decade.  Every few years, he'd go through a period of increasing stuttering or blocking.  I'd put him back on the trileptol for a while (in hopes of heading off a seizure).  The speech issue would clear up.  Eventually, I'd take him back off and he'd be fine for another few years.  He's 17 now and hasn't had a problem with speech or seizures, in several years.  On occasion, he may say, "What's for dinner?  Ner.  I hope it's meatloaf," but he doesn't get hung up on it.


His twin also had one grand mal seizure in grade school, but has never stuttered or blocked his speech.


In short, if you find no other explanation, or it gets worse, you might consider an EEG.

Edited by VocalMinority - 10/17/12 at 1:02pm
post #22 of 36
I noticed one poster mentioned a soy allergy, and my brother also had a soy allergy! I'm not sure there's a connection, but if it were me, I'd remove soy to see if it helps.
post #23 of 36
Originally Posted by Abbeytm View Post

My son, now five, had a terrible stutter for about a year when he was three. I know my husband and mother in law also had a stutter as children, so it could be hereditary. We brought him to an amazing doctor who recommended Nourish Life Speak and protocol b12 liquid vials, along with a quality multivitamin and probiotic. Within a month we noticed a huge difference! I can't even begin to tell you the improvement we saw every week with the supplements. After about six months the stutter was almost gone. Our doctor says a lot of times speech issues can be caused/exacerbated by an imbalance of fatty acids in the brain. I would HIGHLY recommend trying this. A friend of ours whose son has a speech delay, not a stutter has also been helped by the Speak supplement ( by nourishlifespeak) Good luck and God bless!

Something like 97% of kids who start stuttering before 3.5 will spontaneously stop so it's not that surprising that your son did. Speak by Nourish Life has a TOTALLY unacceptable level of vitamin E and is nothing more than a money train for the people who a) published their own "research study and then b) formulated a supplement that matched their research.

OP- fish oil is not a bad idea, but I would not use this brand. It has been linked to seizures due to the high levels of vitamin E and I would not trust the purity of the fish oil either. We use Nordic Naturals. There are some adults who stutter however who find fish oil makes it worse.... We feel the benefits outweigh the risks but it's something to think about. Please note that this endorsement of Speak comes from someone with only 1 post on MDC...
post #24 of 36
Thread Starter 

Thanks everybody! So many interesting stories and good tips...


I have just cooincidentally decided to keep soy out because of the hormonal side effects, so now I'm even more determined too.


I did look at the Nourish Speak Life or whatever link, hmmm!  I will try and get him going on a good multivitamin and some Nordic Naturals, but argh, that gets so pricey!  I did just start making kefir though and I can get that into his system cheaply enough and save up for the rest.


Though he does seem to have the risk factor of starting to stutter later (like 3.5 or 4), on the other hand his pronnciation is great, no other speach impediments, and he has an awesome vocabularly for his age, lots of long words perfectly expressed...so it sounds like that bodes well...

post #25 of 36
Originally Posted by pek64 View Post

I noticed one poster mentioned a soy allergy, and my brother also had a soy allergy! I'm not sure there's a connection, but if it were me, I'd remove soy to see if it helps.

I heard when the child is upset, he tends to stutter more.

post #26 of 36
Originally Posted by Jessica1501 View Post

I heard when the child is upset, he tends to stutter more.

You also quoted my remark about my brother and soy. I'm confused by what you are trying to say. Are you saying those who were soy allergic/sensitive were stuttering because they were feeling badly?
post #27 of 36
Originally Posted by pek64 View Post

You also quoted my remark about my brother and soy. I'm confused by what you are trying to say. Are you saying those who were soy allergic/sensitive were stuttering because they were feeling badly?


Sorry for the confusion, I sent an article about stuttering in my previous post, it mentions "You may notice your child stutters more when she is tired, excited, or upset"

That's why I think there is a connection between stuttering and having soy allergy (in the case of the OP's child, not your brother).

post #28 of 36

I'm not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but HandinHand Parenting has some wonderful tools for helping children with stuttering when it's related to generalized stress. If you're interested you can start with this article: http://www.handinhandparenting.org/news/185/64/Stutter-Stoppers


Best of luck :)

post #29 of 36
Originally Posted by Mylie View Post

Years ago my son was in the hospital with Pnemonia and when he was released he was on all kinds of meds...Shortly after(within days)he started stuttering..He was 3..Just out of the blue..I talked with  his doctor and she went on a hunt..turned out one of the meds he was taking for his asthma/pnemonia had the side affect of stuttering..We removed it immedietly but the stuttering didn't stop unfortunatley..I never really made a big deal about it..Just when he froze with his words I would tell him to relax,think about what he wanted to say and start slowly...He was in hospital in Janurary and didn't start preschool till the following September and he did recieve Speech therapy to help because he was still stuttering at that point..It helped..By the time Spring came he was no longer stuttering on a word/daily basis..If he did try to talk to fast it would start up again...But within a year or two that was gone also....Sometimes speech can help...

Do you know what the med was?  

post #30 of 36

I really don't remember because it was like 20 years ago but it had to have been either an steroid or some kind of oral med for asthma..It couldn't have been an antibiotic because he was always sick as a child and was on every antibiotic out there and she never mentioned it again..I know it wasn't albuteral or Prednisone because he had that pretty regular growing up...Sorry...You might be able to look it up by punching in asthma meds that can cause stuttering as a side affect..The next time I go to the doctor if I happen to think of it I will ask her(still see the same doc..orngtongue.gif )..

post #31 of 36

I stutter and am expecting right now.  Since stuttering can be genetic, I am hoping my child does not get it from me.  I wish my parents had NOT waited and had gotten me help early so my advice is to find a speech therapist who is trained to work with stuttering and who works well with young children.  The Stuttering Foundation has loads of great information for parents on their web site, and has referrals to speech therapists.

post #32 of 36

i stuttered as a child and i out grew it. 2 of my children have been delayed to talk and have had speech problems but not stuttering.

post #33 of 36
My oldest DS stuttered quite a bit when he was 3/4/5 years old. I worried about it, briefly, and had a speech consult and evaluation done only for them to say it was developmentally normal. They said they would reevaluate him and go from there. He's 9.5 now, and doesn't stutter at all. I think he outgrew it somewhere between 5.5-6 years old, if I'm remembering correctly.

Regarding speech therapy - I have another son who has been in speech for going on 4 years now (different issue - annunciation), and it has been a positive thing in many ways. He loves his SLP (same one from pre-k to second grade), and he has improved tremendously with that therapy. Well, maybe a lot of his improvement in speech is developmental and being exposed to his peers who speak more clearly, but I definitely attribute a lot of his success to speech therapy multiple times a week. It has never been a negative, so, if your DS is deemed eligible for an SLP to work with him, I can only see the potential good that could come out of that. Even if the current stuttering is something that will be outgrown in time.
post #34 of 36
Originally Posted by lmk1 View Post

Do you know what the med was?  

Curiously wondering this, too. My DS with the ongoing speech issues also has asthma and has been hospitalized for it, including just last week with pneumonia.
post #35 of 36
Thread Starter 

ok, thanks for chiming in Bonnie and all, I think I'm ready to consider a speech therapist as a potential warm, fun, helpful reality for ds rather than this clinical stressful entity I was fearing, I'm going to investigate locally, maybe some are more affordable, too...

post #36 of 36

My kids ADORE our speech therapists. Yes, we have multiple with all things that we have going on. DD2 is 6 and thinks speech therapy is so much fun. They play all sorts of games, make silly, goofy noises, it is the highlight of her day honestly. DS1 wakes up almost every single day asking for one speech therapist or another. Neither one sees it as therapy but as one on one undivided attention by an adult who is playing with them. I guess I didn't realize that you thought it would be cold and scary, most speech therapist work at making it fun for the kids so they WANT to come back every week. We've had better ones then other ones, but never a bad experience out of the 8 my kids have probably seen over the years. Many reasons for that, and we weren't switching because we didn't like like they were doing. DD1's current one actually spends 10 minutes each session with her making homework for the week which is always fun daily games, like hide a seek word cards. She actually has gotten to the point where she wakes up before the rest of us, and sets out her homework for the day (we do it in the morning before school) to do when I get up because that is how much she looks forward to it. I know in DS1's mind, speech class ranks right up there with ice cream in the his most awesome list ever. He'll ask to go when it isn't a speech day and when I try to explain, he just melts, he wants to go play with them so bad. orngtongue.gif

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