Monday, March 30, 2009

Stuttering

Remember a month back, I posted about how Olivia was speaking so well and she has a beautiful vocabulary....well, lately she has been stuttering. When she tries to say certain words, it comes out "B...B...B...Bear" There is no particular word that she struggles with, she would just stutter at random.

At one point, it was becoming really bad and all of a sudden, it became very minimal, only a few times a day. She still stutters now but only occassionally.

I read up on the issue and it is said that while children's speech and language skills are developing rapidly, stuttering is not uncommon. This type of stuttering, called developmental stuttering is usually temporary.

I am hoping that Olivia's stuttering is temporary since there are no close family members that stutters. It is hard for me to believe that on the one hand, she can speak so well for her age, and on the other hand, she stutters.

If she still stutters by the time she turn 2 1/2 years old, I will bring this up to her pediatrician during her well visit.

Please pray that this is a developmental stage and not speech disorder.

4 comments:

andrewjune said...

HI, so nice to see you back!
well, i reckon we dont hv to worry about that...i'm pretty sure it's not speech disorder! like you said, it is just a developmental stage...

but good idea to highlight this to your pediatrician if you want to...

btw, rgding rachael, she was sedated cos when the doc wanted to change the dressing, he is afraid she might feels the pain when he "cuts" off the old skin...and also if she is not sleeping, she will be crying and turning non-stop...

Ann said...

Hooi Imm, I can feel your worry all the way here. Considering no one in the family has it, I am sure it is as per expected - too fast a development! And considering she was talking so well, sure could be the possibility.

Just a thought, how is her writing? Maybe writing and reading the words as she writes can help her take control of the flow?

Will definitely keep Olivia in prayer. Hope this phase will pass really really soon!
Try not to worry.

MommyP said...

Oh, Immy, she'll be fine. It is SOOO normal, and she'll get out of it soon, I'm sure. Maybe you can just remind her to slow down when she is speaking, or try to have her repeat her words after she does it?

HI said...

Thanks ladies for the encouraging words. Since I posted this, she has been speaking quite smoothly.