Stammering 6yo - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 4 Old 04-23-2012, 11:55 AM - Thread Starter
Jen Muise's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 233
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My 6yo has a stammer.  It is not a traditional stutter, at the beginning of words, but seems to be more of a place holder at the end of words.  For instance, she will say " Mom, can we go to... to that place...ace... ace.. that place I like...ike..I like...ike.. called.... Cosmic Adventures!."  This happens quite frequently, and is appreciably worsened when she is anxious, tired, or trying to get across a complicated thought.  Her teacher has commented on it, saying that it is quite pronounced and she is concerned about it being a target of teasing. 

So far, we've taken a wait and see approach.  It cetainly doesn't seem to be affecting her interest in talking at all, and I've mostly assumed she'd out grow it.  At 6 tho, she doesn't seem to be getting better, and I'm wondering if this is just a habit now.   We've given her space to think out her thoughts, and encouraged her to take a breath and think through what she's trying to say.  Sometimes if we know the word she's looking for, we might supply it after a second or two of letting her have a chance to get it.  She is in french immersion, so her language skills might be challenged by learning 2 languages altho she excels at school.

What should my next steps be?  Continue to let it go or time to make a move?

Jen Muise is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 4 Old 04-25-2012, 10:10 AM
4evermom's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: PA
Posts: 8,753
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)

My 10 yo does that. I think he is just repeating a sound while he processes what to say next. A place holder, like you say. It isn't all the time and I've never worried about it. Another kid might just say "um" instead.

Mom to unschooling 4everboy since 8/01
4evermom is offline  
#3 of 4 Old 04-25-2012, 07:50 PM
MountainMamaGC's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 3,402
Mentioned: 119 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)

My 4 yo does this off and on. I think it can be normal, but get it checked out if you are worried.

Mama to L (7) and A (born 7/15 by VBAC)
MountainMamaGC is online now  
#4 of 4 Old 04-26-2012, 07:25 AM
Emmeline II's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 8,558
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

You could consult with a speech-language pathologist, and also a therapist for help with the anxiety. Just because an issue doesn't necessarily scream "fix me now" doesn't mean there isn't something that can be done to help at this stage. I'm a fan of evaluate first make treatment decisions later, than waiting to see if it becomes an issue that can't be ignored.

"It should be a rule in all prophylactic work that no harm should ever be unnecessarily inflicted on a healthy person (Sir Graham Wilson, The Hazards of Immunization, 1967)."
Emmeline II is offline  


User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 18,141

120 members and 18,021 guests
agentofchaos , AlaskAnne , Allie1989 , AlmostJenny , Anne Jividen , Ashley4490 , ashleyv8 , beep , Belle06 , blessedwithboys , bluefaery , Bow , camillabien , captain optimism , caracara , carmen358 , carnelianlight , CDeRo , chickabiddy , Christine155 , contactmaya , Coriolus , Cricket VS , Dakotacakes , Divineblissb , Dream Catcher , easydoesit , elliha , emmy526 , EnviroBecca , erinmattsmom88 , Eris , etsdtm99 , ExtraMild , Good Enough Mum , greenemami , happyhats , healthy momma , htovjm , Incubator , Iron Princess , IsaFrench , ismewilde , j10k , JadePlant , K703 , katelove , katharinerose , Katherine73 , kathymuggle , kindofcrunchy82 , KosmicMama , lilgreen , LiLStar , littlebear3 , littlej , Lizafava , loba , mamabear0314 , mamagrigsby , mamaverse , mearph , Medlar , meghanmetz , Milk8shake , Mirzam , moominmamma , MountainMamaGC , MPsSweetie , Mummoth , NaturallyKait , newmamalizzy , oaksie68 , oldsmom , OliviaA , pers , plainsmom , pokeyac , prosciencemum , realitycheck , RollerCoasterMama , RRachel , rubelin , SandiMae , sarafl , sarahl918 , SecondtimeMama , serenbat , shantimama , sia , sillypear , sillysapling , sofreshsoclean , solitarysundown , splath , Springshowers , SuzieSmiles , suzywan , teacozy , Teles , thtr4me , TourmalineMama , WallaWallaMamma , Waterwoman4 , Wildwomyn , zebra15 , zoeyzoo
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 01:21 PM.