I have a 4-year-old who began stuttering last month out of the blue. It began on the second-to-last day of a 2-week vacation to visit family out-of-state; we were around a lot of people the entire time, and I wonder if all that exposure to different voices and terminology might've triggered a "language growth spurt" in her, in that she's learned a lot of new words, etc., but her mouth has yet to catch up to her brain (if that makes any sense). I thought maybe the stress of the trip might have something to do with it, too, because even though we all had a good time, two weeks away from the stable routine of home are bound to be stressful on a kid.
That said... when she started stuttering, it freaked me and DH out. We didn't show it, and we haven't demonstrated any frustration/other negative emotions with her when she does it. All we've said (and we've stopped this now, having read that it can cause frustration for a stutterer) is, "Slow down, baby, take your time." We make sure she has our undivided attention when she starts to struggle. But it's been a month since we got home from vacation, and it has yet to go away.
It comes in ebbs and flows. Some days she barely does it (although she almost always gets caught on her sister's name, which starts with B-- she'll say, "B-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b" several times before getting the name out). Other days, like today (which is what prompted me to post this), she really struggles. She was just now on the phone with her grandmother, whom she adores and who adores her, and almost every other word came out with a stutter.
I did some research previous to all this, but keep running into two different schools of thought. One says, don't worry, kids almost always outgrow this, and if you bring them to a specialist, they could possibly become self-conscious about it-- just wait 6 months to a year and then get help if it hasn't gone away. The other school of thought (which is what's making me anxious here) says, get intervention NOW, or the stuttering will get a lot worse! I don't know which to believe, and I want the best for my little girl.
Are there any parents here who have been there, done that that can help shed light on this for me?
By the way, she hasn't commented on her stuttering, either, nor does she show any visible frustration. She usually does try to slow down when it starts, and that occasionally helps.
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