My little one recently turned two and has been very advanced verbally and communicates very well for such a little person. We used baby sign language and still do sometimes, so I just assume that's part of the reason for the excel in verbal communication.
Recently, my little one has started stuttering at the END of a word, not the beginning. For example, LO might say, I want-t-t-t that please." It's usually with d's or t's. I haven't noticed any other endings. I'm concerned though. I've read that stuttering is quite common, even for children who are verbally advanced for their stage of development. My LO doesn't have any other changes with expression, like an eye twitch or a struggle to say things, so this stuttering at the end of a word has thrown me for a loop. I'm also unable to find any information about it online, as I'm not entirely sure what it's called.
Does anyone have any advice or experience with this? I'd like to take preventative measures early on, if necessary.
I have read that traumas can sometimes cause stammering. About six months ago, someone very close to us displayed some very inappropriate behavior towards myself and my child. This individual has borderline personality disorder and said some really mean and hurtful things about me to myself and my child about me. As quickly as I could, I removed myself and child from the situation. I don't think my child really grasped the event, as it was around 18 months old. However, since then, I've chosen not to socialize with this person who was once very close to us. We see them occasionally at family functions, but I don't allow my child to be near them and I don't socialize with them either. I have wondered how it might effect my child, who can't possibly understand my reasoning, but I don't know how to help my child understand. I mean, I don't think I can. When my child has expressed interest in going to see them, I just say, no, we can't send time with ___ because they aren't very nice.
*sigh* anyway, i realize that could be really traumatic for my child.
What might you do? I feel so helpless. This individual hasn't apologized and has even continued to be hateful at times when my little one wasn't around (thank goodness!) so I don't feel safe allowing my child to be around them at all.