Health Tip: If Your Child Stutters
(HealthDay News) -- Stuttering is an interrupted pattern of
speech, often characterized by words, letters or syllables being
repeated or delayed.
The Nemours Foundation suggests what parents should do when a
- Avoid pushing your child to speak perfectly. Instead, make
conversation relaxed, and don't appear frustrated or upset.
- Promote family conversations over meals, and turn off the TV to
- Don't correct your child when he or she speaks, which could
lead to more self-consciousness.
- Avoid interrupting your child, or giving your child
instructions on speaking.
- Make sure you are clear and deliberate when you speak to or
around your child.
- Allow your child to speak freely, and don't speak for your
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