In the last week or so my 23 month old daughter has started stuttering. And within that time it has got quite a lot worse. Beginning of sentences, repeating sounds "w-w-w-w-what's Mummy doing?" kind of thing. She started talking early and has been speaking in fluent sentences for months already. And she's a big talker - always chattering to us about what's going on. I've been doing some reading and generally I'm gathering we should just wait but I guess I'm looking for other people's experiences. I really hope it is a passing thing for her - of course she is too young to really notice and I hope it doesn't frustrate her, but later on.... I noticed a few times when she started to say something and then just stopped after the stutter, and that worries me a little.
When I read about stuttering starting because of stress I worry too - I don't think there is anything going on that would cause that. She has just reached the stage where we are having a few "melt-downs" (nothing remarkable, and probably pretty standard toddler wise) around transitions during our day, and the onset of those was pretty much the same time as the stuttering started, but no other big changes in our life.
Anyway, would love to hear you thoughts/experiences. Especially if they involve anything we should/shouldn't be doing. thanks!
alicemay,i just had my son's 2 year "well check" last week and we received and sheet on "normal behavior" and stuttering was at the top of the list. so,i would assume this behavior is common but why at this stage i do not know. i will go read my sheet and reply later with what i find. you could also call you ped too. try not to worry too much mama. i check back later with what i find.
hey here is what my sheet from the doctor says"mild stuttering is common at this age. it usually goes away on it's own by the age of 3-4 years. Do not hurry your child's speech"
and that's all...doesn't explain why but im sure it may not be hard to find.
My DS started stuttering right age 30 mos- we were on a month long visit out of state at the time, so his did seem stress triggered. He also was an early talker so we were very surprised. It only lasted a few months though. It was quite agonizing at times, but we essentially just ignored it or tried to make it easier for him by suggesting the word he was groping for if it was obvious. 'W' was also his hardest sound, which made any question he wanted to ask nearly impossible!