Jennifer’s son has developed a stutter and she doesn’t know how to help him. Do you have any advice for this week’s A Problem Shared…?
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My boy has developed a stutter in the last six months. Is this something I can go to the GP about?
I’m not sure what caused it, he seems less confident and outgoing, but I’m not sure if that’s because of the stutter or it’s a cause? I think the other boys in his class are picking on him about it.
No one in the family stutters, so we’re all a little bit stumped. Any ideas how I can help?
Our FamilyPoint reply to Jennifer
Thanks for getting in touch with us here at FamilyPoint. You must be very worried about your son’s stutter.
Even though stuttering is quite common in children this is definitely something that you should go to your GP about. Your GP should be able to discuss your concerns with you and if they think it is necessary, refer your son to a speech and language specialist for an assessment.
You didn’t say how old your son is but treatment is often highly successful in resolving stutters in pre-school age children, especially if it is received as soon as possible, so early referral to a specialist is very important.
Organisations that can help
Alternatively, many speech and language services accept self-referrals from patients and parents. The British Stammering Association has a helpline you can contact for advice about seeking help. They can also provide information too about the services that might be available in your area.
If it is agreed that treatment would benefit your son, a therapist would work with you to come up with a suitable plan tailored to your child’s individual circumstances.
This plan may involve:
- working to create an environment in which your son feels more relaxed and confident about their use of language
- working on feelings associated with stuttering, such as fear and anxiety
- strategies to improve your son’s fluency and communication skills
Another organisation which you might find useful to contact, either by taking a look at their website or ringing them is Action For Stammering Children. They should be able to provide you with more specialist advice.
I hope this information helps. Please don’t hesitate to get back in touch if you need anything else.
Take care 🙂
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The FamilyPoint Cymru Team
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