I stutter and am expecting right now. Since stuttering can be genetic, I am hoping my child does not get it from me. I wish my parents had NOT waited and had gotten me help early so my advice is to find a speech therapist who is trained to work with stuttering and who works well with young children. The Stuttering Foundation has loads of great information for parents on their web site, and has referrals to speech therapists.
Regarding speech therapy - I have another son who has been in speech for going on 4 years now (different issue - annunciation), and it has been a positive thing in many ways. He loves his SLP (same one from pre-k to second grade), and he has improved tremendously with that therapy. Well, maybe a lot of his improvement in speech is developmental and being exposed to his peers who speak more clearly, but I definitely attribute a lot of his success to speech therapy multiple times a week. It has never been a negative, so, if your DS is deemed eligible for an SLP to work with him, I can only see the potential good that could come out of that. Even if the current stuttering is something that will be outgrown in time.
ok, thanks for chiming in Bonnie and all, I think I'm ready to consider a speech therapist as a potential warm, fun, helpful reality for ds rather than this clinical stressful entity I was fearing, I'm going to investigate locally, maybe some are more affordable, too...
My kids ADORE our speech therapists. Yes, we have multiple with all things that we have going on. DD2 is 6 and thinks speech therapy is so much fun. They play all sorts of games, make silly, goofy noises, it is the highlight of her day honestly. DS1 wakes up almost every single day asking for one speech therapist or another. Neither one sees it as therapy but as one on one undivided attention by an adult who is playing with them. I guess I didn't realize that you thought it would be cold and scary, most speech therapist work at making it fun for the kids so they WANT to come back every week. We've had better ones then other ones, but never a bad experience out of the 8 my kids have probably seen over the years. Many reasons for that, and we weren't switching because we didn't like like they were doing. DD1's current one actually spends 10 minutes each session with her making homework for the week which is always fun daily games, like hide a seek word cards. She actually has gotten to the point where she wakes up before the rest of us, and sets out her homework for the day (we do it in the morning before school) to do when I get up because that is how much she looks forward to it. I know in DS1's mind, speech class ranks right up there with ice cream in the his most awesome list ever. He'll ask to go when it isn't a speech day and when I try to explain, he just melts, he wants to go play with them so bad.
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