Hi, I've been trying to figure out the best place to post this, I hope this is a good choice. My little one will be 3 in Sept. and has been communicating more clearly than all her playmates for awhile now. She talks in paragraphs, articulates clearly and has amazing recall. In the last few weeks she has started stuttering. First it was just "w" sounds at the beginning of words, and it was kind of odd and cute. Now it is lots of different sounds, "th" "l" and new ones every day. She is doing it more and more, and it takes more tries to get the word out. It's only the first sound in the word that she repeats over and over. Sometimes she goes for a long time without stuttering, and other times she does it many times in a conversation. It doesn't seem to frustrate her, but she does sort of screw up her face and work hard to spit out the words sometimes. It also doesn't seem to be stress or performance related. She loves to communicate with us.
My partner and I just started talking about it in this past week, it turns out my mom has been noticing it too. We don't do babysitters or daycare, so we haven't had input from anyone else. This has come on so fast that my once a week playdate friends wouldn't have noticed it yet last week, but will certainly be aware of it this week. I'm looking forward to being able to discuss it with them, but I'm sensitive to talking about it in front of Liv (dd) because she hears EVERYTHING, and picks up on it all.
I read a previous thread on this, but wanted to post our particulars and see if I could get any input. I don't want to create an issue where there isn't one, if it is a phase, but I also don't want to let something develop that will be harder to deal with later rather than sooner. I have a pediatrician that I trust and respect but Liv is getting really shy around people that are not in her daily world, so I can't imagine that anyone like that will be able to get much insight into her. Any experience or words of advice out there? This is just such a big noticeable change, and such an unknown area for us. Weird how it emphasizes our own pride, we're kind of staring it in the face. Everyone tells us constantly how incredibly bright and amazing she is, what an advanced talker, etc, etc. Now we're wondering how peoples' perceptions will change and affect us all if she develops a speech disorder.
Thanks for wading through this long post, I'm up late thinking about this and so glad to have a place to bring my concerns and questions. This (along with the demise of my long time resource hipMama
) has finally got me register here at Mothering, so I'm thankful to be here.